Chiwara Headdress | No.5 | Mali
These distinctive and sculptural headdresses come from the Bambara people of Mali. These sculptural carvings are worn on the head during ceremonies and rituals and are used to teach social values, agricultural techniques and bring good luck to the harvest. The forms are an abstract interpretation of an antelope, symbolising their connectivity to nature and their agricultural way of life. They also represent the harmony between man and women, often made in pairs with the female form being carved with straight horns and a baby antelope and the male form carved with curved horns.
Hand-carved from indigenous wood by master carvers in the community, these vintage headrests have developed beautiful patina and wear from years of use. Perfect for styling as a sculptural decorative piece for any space.
Sold as a pair.
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