Re: Chi Wara Headress
- Hi Subez
It's a Chi Wara alright. The head of the lower figure is within the
range that is found on such pieces.
I don't think it is "authentic" in the sense of having been made for
and used within the community. It appears to have been made for sale
to Americans or Europeans for decorative purposes.
My reasons for thinking this are,
1. the edges are relatively sharp and angular, rather than worn
smoothly and somewhat rounded from handling and exposure;
2. the surface patination doesn't seem appropriate to an object that
developed it through handling.
If you acquired it for decorative purposes, I think you made a nice
choice. It has a nice flowing quality to it, and relates to an
interesting ethnographic tradition.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "subez" <subez@a...> wrote:
> I am new to the group and am hoping someone might be able to help
> with a piece I recently acquired. I think that it is a Chi Wara
> Headress. The interesting thing about it is the figure on the
> bottom. I have seen photos of other pieces but none with the dog
> head on the bottom. I have created a photo folder called "Chi Wara
> Headress" with some photos of the piece in it. Any information
> be appreciated.