SPECIAL NOTE: I don't have a proper set up to photograph an item of this size, it is considerably better than the photos might suggest. Attributed to the African Bamana People of West Nigeria. The value given is on the conservative side.
The wooden object is an animal headdress or headpiece, and was worn on top of the head, not covering the face. The head piece has a long rectangular snout which is open with a block of wood between the top and bottom of the snout. The top of the snout has three spaced, carved triangles in rows which are on each side (top and bottom) of a joined (at the high point) of two large triangles which are painted white. The top of the head has two horns joinded at the top.
Unfortunately, the top of the horns is slightly cut off in the photos, but does appear to be a large rounded knob painted white. The horns have carved triangles. The head has large round eyes separated by a raised carved center.There are carved triangles on each side of the head. There are painted colors of black, red and white on the headpiece. I believe that the headpiece is of the Bamana people, the headpiece is called Chi Wara which are carved to honor that original mythical being. The headpiece is a male antelope.
The Bamana are members of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group of peope in West Africa. The value given is on the conservative side. Among the Bamana, oral tradition credits a mythological being named Chi Wara, a divine being - half mortal and half animal. Bamana society is primarily an agricultural one. Under Chi Wara's guidance, humans first learned to cultivate the land and became prosperous and able farmers.To honor Chi Wara's memory, the Bamana created a boli, a power object to represent him. Chi Wara headdresses combine antelope features with those of other animals that are significant within Bamana culture, such as the earth-digging aardvark or the armored pangolin. These headdresses are also characterized by decorations with an interplay between positive and negative space, and finely incised geometric patterns which add to their texture. The headpiece is worn with a raffia costume whose undulations add to the elements of sun, earth and water. Item Size: 30 inches long by 17 inches tall.
Circa Very Early 20th Century. For more info do a search for "The Marcel Gibrat Collection" including the quote marks. Marcel Gibrat (Pictured working on a Greek Kylyx in the 1970s), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD.
In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter.
Im Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcels extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. I have grown up around art and.I worked with Marcel summers and in college. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste. Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary (a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings. The item "CIRCA 1910 AFRICAN HEADDRESS ANTELOPE CHIWARA CHI WARA BAMBARA TRIBAL 30x17" is in sale since Saturday, May 9, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Masks".collection" and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.