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.
- 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.
- 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