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Crest Mask (Chi Wara Kun)

Artist/Maker: Bamana people (Mali)

Date: early 20th century
Medium: wood, cowrie shells, coral beads, cotton, iron and hair
Overall: 18 x 6 3/8 x 3 in. (45.7 x 16.2 x 7.6 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel Rubin
Object number: 61.053.000
DescriptionFemale antelope head crest. The antelope is associated with the mythical creature that introduced the art of farming to humans. It is also an animal of the bush that frequently crosses into the human domain and grazes on crops in the field, another reason it is a symbol of agriculture.
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