Superb vertically oriented Male Chi-wara with brass decor,coweries shells ,pompons and trade beads ,
measures approx 28" h by 8.25" w by 9.25" D.
( minor loss overall good condition )
This piece is very well carved by talented hands and has a very rich and dark patina,The purpose of the Chi-wara society is to pay homage to successful farmers,The Bamana people honor successful farmers through performances involving the appearances of the antelope masks like this carved wood crest mask.
Ci-wara crest masks are worn at agricultural contests, entertainment and at the annual celebration.
The masquerade ceremonies occur during planting and harvesting seasons in the fields and the village palace.
The dance is performed by two men acting as a male / female pair.