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Chi Wara Headcrest

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The Bamana Ci wara association with which this work is identified celebrates the vital spirit of agriculture and, by extension, the fruitfulness of both the earth and humans and the ideas of regeneration. Antelope headdresses, which like nearly all Bamana wood carvings are made by blacksmiths,...

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March 11, 1978, sold by the Gallery of Primitive Man, New Orleans, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, mid 20th century

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53 x 60 cm (21 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, fiber


Africa and Oceania