Couple Tji-Wara in bronze - BAMBARA - Mali

Couple Tji-Wara in bronze - BAMBARA - Mali
2nd half 20th century - Good condition

These objects are used by a secret society called Tji Wara.
Tji Wara is the phonetic translation of Ci (to cultivate) and Wara (wild animal).

The officiants of the Tji-Wara society wear these headmasks for at least three annual occasions:
- agricultural competition.
- rejoicing.
- annual festivities.
They are a couple, a male and a female, and evolve simultaneously.
One of the primordial functions of the Ci Wara society was to stimulate the use of drag-hoes. Thus, it enabled men to “manipulate” the cosmic force of the sun in order to fertilise the earth.
True agricultural competitions took place, during which the hoe handlers had to succeed in a speed contest.

The antelope-masks danced by couple ; the female was recognisable because of the baby she carried on her back as you can see on the statue. The male on his genitals.

Lengt: 28 & 28 cm
Total Weight: 609 grams

Registered sending

Lot details
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 50,000 special objects up for auction every week.
or Sign in