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Worn atop a dancer’s head, this headdress this late 19th century headdress, which is of a style most sought after by modern art collectors due to its influence on abstract impressionism and modern sculpture, embodies the most powerful form of the tji-wara, or mystical antelope/gazelle spirit. Tji means “work,” and wara means “animal” - literally giving the headdress the meaning of “working animal.” It is believed to represent a mythical antelope, created by Faro the Supreme God, dispatched to the earth to teach men how to work the land and till the soil. The “work” of the headdress is to increase the fertility of the earth. This is a very rare style, with strong provenance, that has more than one stylistic similarity to the body with the tall zig-zag example that sold for $2.6 million at Sotheby's earlier in the decade.
|Lot ID: 64|
|Low Estimate: $6,000|
|High Estimate: $12,000|
|Next Bid: $3,000|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood core (one piece), applied oils, stain|
|Dimensions: 16'' (40.64 cm) height x 6'' (15.24 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Mask|
|Bamana: Visions of Africa: Jean-Paul Colleyn, Bamana The Art of Existence in Mali, Colleyn, Visona, A History of Art in Africa; Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa, (unknown), "From Mali to Yale: New Haven Families Connect Stories and Art", in Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Spring 2008|
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Leaflet: , "Sogow Bozo et Bambara du Mali", Paris: Galerie Albert Loeb, 2008
Rosenmayr (Leopold), "Die Achtung des Alters und die Muttersymbolik bei der komò-Geheimgesellschaft der Bambara in der Region von Ségou in Mali", in Völger (Gisela) & Welck (Karin v.), "Männer Bande-Männer Bünde, zur rolle des Mannes im Kulturvergeleich", Köln: Ethnologica, 1990:267-274
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|Provenance: Ex. Olivier Castellano, Paris, Ex. Renaud Vanuxem, Paris, Ex. Private European Collection|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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