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Chi Wara headdress
  • unknown Bamana maker
  • Chi Wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 105.5 x 9.5 x 32 cm height does not include second base
    Object Height/Width/Length: 41 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 12 5/8 in height does not include second base
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2804
Label Text

The stylized male antelope figure has a small body, prominent penis, large head and vertical horns that curve slightly at the tips. The neck has four arches behind it, connected with zigzags and decorated with a series of small triangles. The most posterior arch has a series of projections.

The head is tall and decorated with bands of vertical or diagonal lines of small triangles. The ears are also very long, the top half is cross hatched and the bottom half is decorated with chevrons. The horns have spiral lines. The base of the animal is attached to another wooden base.