Bamana chi wara masks

This Magnificient Bamana ChiWara carving originates from the Bambara tribe in Mali. The patina is rich and the surface shows significant signs of age. The mythology of the Bamana people of Mali tells the story of an antelope named Chi Wara who first taught farming skills to humanity. Bamana N'tomo Mask Six Horns Mali African Art. A superb mask presenting multiple horns and a Chi wara icon on the forehead. Bamana N'tomo (N'Domo) masks serve to protect young boys during their first initiation cycle before circumcision. The number of horns make reference to specific characteristics of males (three or six horns)... The main aim of the chi wara dyo is to educate men on farming best practices and to honour Chi Wara, the cultural hero of the Bamana, who thought the skills of land cultivation to the Bamana. Members of the chi wara dyo perform dances with masquerades to not only celebrate their hero, Chi Wara, but to also ensure the fertility of their fields ... The didactic explanation about Chi-ware led me realize that a Chi-ware headdress is used i honoring the mythical antelope that introduced and brought agriculture to the Bamana people of Mali. But I consider interesting the part of the story where Chi-wara was offended at people’s laziness and dug a hole where he buried himself. African Mask Bamana Chi Wara Headdress Mali WorldofBacara 5 out of 5 stars (2,050) $ 700.00 Free shipping