By Carla Herling
Drake University (formerly University of Iowa)

Mali, Kenedougou region; Bamana peoples

Ci Wara (farming wild animal) dance crest


H. 144.8 cm (57”) 

Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.24

The most dramatic of these antelope crests are vertically oriented and include, in the male pair, a broad mane with patterns carved through in geometric shapes, as in this fine example. Enormous crescent-shaped horns rise above the angular head. The male crests are worn in pairs with a second, female crest. They are worn by young men who belong to the Ci Wara association.