Couple Tji-Wara - Bronze - Bambara - Mali

Couple Tji-Wara - Bronze - Bambara - Mali
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

These objects are used by a secret society which has the same name: Tji Wara or Ci-wara. Ci 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.

Weight: 275 & 282 grams
Dimensions: 28×11×3 cm & 28×11×3 cm.

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Lot details
Couple Tji-Wara
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
28×11×3 cm
557 g
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