About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Masquerade Headdress
  • Culture
    Bamana [Bambara]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1967 before
  • Materials
    Metal; Wood; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Charles Ratton, 1967
  • Collector
    Charles Ratton
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    650 mm x 610 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Antelope Dance Headdress (Bambara). Purchased from Charles Ratton, 14 Rue de Marignan, Paris 8e. Gallery, in 1967 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund. Gallery Label: This type of headdress represents the mythical being, ci wara, said to have first taught people how to cultivate. It was worn during the annual farming festival by maskers of the men’s ci wara agricultural association.
  • Related people
    Charles Ratton ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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