BAMANA CHI WARA MALE 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, most of our Bamana headdresses show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.


 

 

 CHI WARA
Male 2
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 3
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 4
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 5
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 7
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 8
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 9
SOLD

 

 CHI WARA
Male 10
SOLD

CHI WARA
Male 6
SOLD


 

 CHI WARA
Male 1
SOLD 

 CHI WARA
Male 12
SOLD

 CHI WARA
Male 13
SOLD

 CHI WARA
Male 14
SOLD


 CHI WARA
Male 15
48.5" high
SOLD

 CHI WARA
Male 17
42" high
SOLD

CHI WARA
Male 16
47" high
SOLD



CHI WARA
Male 18
39" high
SOLD

 CHI WARA
Male 11
50" high
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMANA, Chi Wara Male Headdressses, 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.

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