Extra Large Chiwara
A Chiwara is a ritual object representing half human and half antelope, used by the Bambara ethnic group in Mali.
The Chiwara initiation society uses Chiwara masks, as well as dances and rituals associated primarily with agriculture to teach young Bamana men social values as well as agricultural techniques.
Chiwara can be either male or female. Female Chiwara masks are denoted by the presence of a baby antelope. Male Chiwara masks have horns and a phallus.
In Bambara, chi wara means laboring wild animal and is a representation of Bambara myth about the creation of farming.
55″ TALL, WIDEST-17″,HORNS-32″,BASE-12″.
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