Lot 437: A female Bamana antelope headdress
November 27, 2016
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Description: A female Bamana antelope headdress, Ci Wara, plated with sheets of brass, cowrie shells and fabrics.LaGamma, Alisa, Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2003:109, Bamana, the Art of Existance, Jean-Paul Colleyn (ed.), Rietberg Museum Zürich, Museum for African Art New York, 2001: 201 - 233."The famous Ci-wara antelope-headdresses, objects of rare elegance, are among the world's best known pieces of African Art. And ever since Captain Archinard's shipment to the Musée d'Ethnographie du Trocadero in 1882 of one such specimen, thousands of other Ci-wara exemplares have been acquired by private collectors and public institutions around the world. Pascal Imerato has provided a useful summary of the two main style-divisions os "Ci-wara heads: "There exist two pricipal sorts of Tyi Wara Koun among the Bamana: The vertical and the horicontal. Within these groups one finds several sub-styles. The vertical forms are encountered in the East of Bamana country; the horizontal in the West." Imperato 1970.Height: 32 cm