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chi wara headdress
  • unknown Bamana maker
  • chi wara headdress, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mali
  • wood, staining, metal, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 41 x 9.5 x 57.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 16 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 22 5/8 in
  • Gift of Glenn M. Duffee
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2897

The horizontal style antelope figure has an elongated head with a slightly open mouth and a visible tongue. The ridge-like nose has a small hole at the tip and the ears each have a hole at the tip. The cheeks are decorated with zigzags. The horns are directed backward and join at the tips. They are decorated with spiralling grooves. The head is held on with metal bars. The long, columnar neck is undecorated. The short, rounded body has two incised zigzags down the back. The tail is sticking up and the genitalia indicates this is a male.