African, Mali, Bamana peoples
Object Place: Mali
Overall: 32.4 x 8 x 59.5 cm (12 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 23 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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. The antelope is an important figure in the agricultural life of the Bamana and was responsible for teaching men the art of farming. Ci wara masquerades appeared at agricultural competitions, annual celebrations, and for public entertainment.
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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart