BAMANA CHI WARA PAIRS HEADDRESSES ARCHIVES, MALI

 

The headdresses below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes. For all available headdresses, GO TO BAMANA CHI WARA HEADDRESSES PAGE

Despite their appearance, the Bamana headdresses below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


 


CHI WARA
Pair 10
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 7
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 8
SOLD


CHI WARA
Pair 1
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 2
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 3
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 4
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 5
SOLD

CHI WARA
Pair 6
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMANA, Chi Wara Pairs, Mali

Bamana Chi Wara from Mali, represent and honor the mythological half man / half antelope hero who taught man how to cultivate the soil. They were danced in pairs and celebrate the union of male (sun), female (earth) and fibre costume (rain), signifying the cooperation needed for a successful harvest and community survival. They are worn as headdresses and danced as pairs. Spelled alternately Ci Wara, Tyi Wara, etc. they illustrate the diversity of ways to represent an unwritten pronunciation. There are three types of Chi Wara headdresses; the familiar vertical style of the eastern Bamana, the more realistic horizontal style of the northern Bamana and the varied and more abstract forms of the Southern Bamana. These are examples of the eastern vertical style and are offered only as pairs; single Chi Wara can be found on the the other Chi Wara pages.

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