Bambara Mask-35.2/15.2 CM. The Bambara mask is the largest ethnic mask group in Mali, West Africa mask. Their traditions include six mask male societies, each mask with its own type of mask. Initiation for men lasts for seven years and ends with their symbolic death and their rebirth.
Nearly every Bambara man had to pass through these societies in succession, until, upon reaching the highest rank, he had acquired a comprehensive knowledge of ancestral traditions. Those societies are the Jo, the ntomo, the korè, the Komo, and the tji wara. For example, the tji wara society members use a headdress representing, in the form of an antelope, the mythical being who taught men how to farm.The word tji means "work" and wara means "animal, " thus working animal. There are antelopes with vertical or horizontal direction of the horns. In the past the purpose of the tji wara association was to encourage cooperation among all members of the community to ensure a successful crop. In recent time, however, the Bambara concept of tji wara has become associated with the notion of good farmer, and the tji wara masqueraders are regarded as a farming beast. The Bambara sponsor farming contests where the tji wara masqueraders perform. An original patina covers the item. African Tribal Art Wooden Carved Ceremonial-style African Songye Tribal -1456.
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