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chi wara headdress
  • unknown Bamana maker
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, staining, string, metal, cloth, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 33 x 7.5 x 43.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 13 x 2 15/16 x 17 1/8 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2891

The horizontal style chi wara, stylized antelope figure is dark brown. The antelope head has metal discs for eyes and orange string through the nose. The snout and lips are pointed. The face is decorated with parallel zigzagging lines on the top of the nose. The sides are decorated with rows of short marks. The pointed ears are directed back and the horns are nearly horiztonal though they curve upward.

The long, vertical neck has a small amount of cloth wrapped around the middle. The body and limbs are roughly rectangular. The back and tail are decorated with chevrons. The legs are very blocky, decorated with zigzagged lines.