Lot: 135

Antelope dance crest "tijwara" ("chiwara")

Mali, Bamana

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Spanish Collection, Valencia L: 24.8 inch;
H: 20.1 inch
4500 EUR / 9000 EUR

wood, wickerwork, metal, base

The "tijwara" always appear in male/female pairs, but are danced exclusively by men. They are joined by young women, who fan the "tijwara" "to diffuse the power ("nyama") that the beasts are believed to emit.

They accompany workers into communal fields, praising and challenging the young men. They also entertain at hoeing contests that recognize a champion farmer.

Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 58