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chi wara headdress
  • Bamana peoples
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 90.5 x 8.5 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 35 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2809

The stylized female antelope has a small female on her back. She has an angular body, decorated wtih a line of small triangles. Her neck curves to a large head, which is decorated with diagonal incised lines and lines of triangles. The straight horns are decorated with spiralling lines with small round eyes below. The baby on her back has the same form and decoration.