AFRICAN TRIBAL BAMANA CHIWARA Fab Interior design piece circa 1950.
AFRICAN TRIBAL BAMANA CHIWARA. Mali. 54cm x 19cm
‘Chiwara dance crests’ of the Bambara are among the best known and most popular objects of African art. Among the Bambara (also called Bamana), workers of the land in the Mali savanna, two young men dance with such antelope crests, known as ‘Chiwara’ (also ‘Chi-wara’), on their heads and wearing floor-length, black costumes of fibres. The aim of the ritual is to increase and secure fertility. During the dance, the ‘Chiwara’ are fixed on to plaited caps.