Headdress (ciwara)

20th century
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Mali


Overall: 32.4 x 8 x 59.5 cm (12 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 23 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, metal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art



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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart