Ci wara crest mask - Bamana - style de Bougouni - published "Spirits of Africa v.II - Mali

Ci wara crest mask - Bamana - style de Bougouni - published "Spirits of Africa v.II - Mali
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Height: 55 cm / 21.6 inches.
Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
Gaunt Tribal Art Gallery, United Kingdom, ref SQ8530872.
Dating: 1940s.

This piece was published in the book Spirits of Africa - volume II, B. GAUNT, 2020. (have a look at the pictures).
In this book, B. Gaunt, specialist in tribal arts and antiquities, introduces diverse aspects of African art. By reading it, you will also discover the eclectic career of Mr. Gaunt, who embodies a unique profile, adapted to his mission as head of collections for a British museum.
Through a selection of exceptional objects, immerse yourself in the heart of cultures and rituals of western and central Africa.
Upon request, a certificate will be delivered to the buyer.
Exhibited several times.

This highly stylised mask is related to the festivity of the Ci Wara or Tyi Wara among the Bambara. By extension, this mask has the same name as this festivity. This cult celebrates agriculture and sexuality. In order for the rain to water the cultures, many existing rites need to be accomplished. This elegant open-worked sculpture came out of the sanctuary with long fibre coatings, tied in the little perforations, visible on the circumference of the base.
As an object of sculpture, these crests are renowned worldwide and became an emblem of Africa.
Propitiatory dances are performed by the couple of masks, masculine and feminine, often represented with a youngster on the back.
The dance refers to procreation and sacred principles. These very stylised figures come from different regions of Mali and are identifiable thanks to their well-marked style. This crest mask comes from the region of Bougouni. It is easily identifiable with its arched body, topped by several vertical protrusions.
Rare and authentic object having participated in many dances, as attests the patina. It remained very well-preserved.

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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, Africa, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Ci wara crest mask
Indigenous object name
style de Bougouni
Ethnic group/ culture
published "Spirits of Africa v.II
Region/ country
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
55×0×0 cm
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