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Lot 0026
Couple Tjiwara in Bronze Dogon Mali, Africa 2nd half 20th century Bronze 29 cm & 27,5 cm, 268 & 255 gram 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.

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    Couple Tjiwara in Bronze Dogon

    Estimate $200 - $300Jul 11, 2018
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