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Headdress (ciwara)

African, Mali, Bamana peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 32.3 x 8 x 60 cm (12 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2572

Medium or Technique

wood, metal tacks

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Masks

Antelope headdresses are part of a mask belonging to the members of the ci wara association, which initiates young men into adult tasks, among them the cultivation of the fields. However, modern agricultural equipment has changed the way in which ci wara headdresses are used. Ci wara headdresses have become symbolic of Malian culture and now appear at cultural festivals and political events. The headdresses have also become pan-African icons and are amongst the most recognizable and sought after works of art from the continent.

Provenance

1963, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart