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The antelope-masks danced by couple

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Estimate $100 - $300
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Origin: MaliDate: 2nd half 20th centuryMaterials: BronzeSize: 28 cm & 28,5 cmAdditional Info: These objects are used by a secret society which has the same name: Tji Wara or Ci-wara. Ci Wara is the phonetic translation of Ci (to cultivate) and Wara (wild animal). The officiants of the Tji-Wara society wear these headmasks for at least three annual occasions: - agricultural competition. - rejoicing. - annual festivities. They are a couple, a male and a female, and evolve simultaneously. One of the primordial functions of the Ci Wara society was to stimulate the use of drag-hoes. Thus, it enabled men to “manipulate” the cosmic force of the sun in order to fertilise the earth. True agricultural competitions took place, during which the hoe handlers had to succeed in a speed contest. The antelope-masks danced by couple ; the female was recognisable because of the baby she carried on her back as you can see on the statue. The male on his genitals. Please note that this lot has a confidential reserve. When you leave a bid in advance of the auction, submit your maximum. The bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price.Shipping:Domestic: Flat-rate of $35.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from the NetherlandsYour purchase is protected:Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic. In the rare event that the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. Buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.
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