Antelope Headdress

Antelope Headdress

early-mid 1900s

Wood, cowrie shells, glass beads, possibly aluminum, iron alloy, upholstery studs, and natural fibers

Overall: 44.5 x 66 cm (17 1/2 x 26 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Ralph M. Coe in memory of Ralph M. Coe 1965.325



The male Chiwara society celebrates agriculture and instructs its members in farming practices. Attached to a basketry skullcap, headdresses like this one from the Djitoumou region, are worn in pairs in performances during the dry season by men who have shown excellence in agricultural labor. This female example represents the mythic "farming beast"--part antelope, part aardvark--that introduced agriculture to the Bamana.

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