Tyi Wara Masquerade Headpiece card

Tyi Wara Masquerade Headpiece


On display


This type of masquerade headdress represents the mythical, chimerical being Tyi Wara, said to have first taught people how to cultivate. It was worn during the annual farming festival by maskers of the men’s Tyi Wara agricultural association. Hutchings purchased this work from the Parisian art dealer and connoisseur Charles Ratton.