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Masked performers wearing pair of male and female Chi wara headdresses, Bamako (national district), Mali

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
"In Antilopes du soleil, his 1980 survey of ci wara, Dominique Zahan classifies this corpus of works in group I, which comprises pairs that overtly emphasize the differentiation of the male and female forms. Zahan notes that the social distinctions between men and women that suffuse Bamana society are referenced in the antelope sculptures through sexual attibutes: the male's penis and the infant carried by the female. Female ci wara headdress are also generally smaller than the males. The fawn depicted on her back is invariably a miniature representation of either the adult male or female. The fundamental differences underlying the designs of the male and female headdresses in this style derive from the fact that they are modeled on different species of animal. The head, neck, ears, and horns of the male form draw upon features of the roan antelope, known as dage, and its lower part refers to the aardvark. The female form is inspired by the oryx antelope." [La Gamma A., 2002: Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Yale University Press, New Haven and London]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Westinghouse Film and traveled to Africa from October 26, 1970 to end of March 1971.
Local Numbers:
E 1 BMB 4.1 EE 71
General:
Citation source: Archives staff.
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Exhibitions Note:
Contexual image in "African Masks from the Noel Collection" held by the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, 2003. LL03-0069
Local Note:
48
Frame value is 32.
Slide No. E 1 BMB 4.1 EE 71
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Dance  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Masks  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art -- antelopes  Search this
Animals in art -- Composite animals  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 3367
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Mali
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7460740eb-a048-4dac-9b68-a1b71179e435
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref19739

Rites built around a door-shield (keibi), part of the lutumbo lwa kindi initiations, Kabila village, Congo (Democratic Republic)

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col.)
Culture:
Lega (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
1959
Scope and Contents:
"In some areas a rite built around a door (keibi) is part of the lutumbo lwa kindi initiations. The dances and interpretations first address themselves to the door as such, to stress the piety of the young man who continually knocks at the door of his senior or his father to present gifts. Next, the interpretations call attention to the dots painted on the door, which suggest the 'dots of the leopard which frightened the goats and the animals.' This interpretation is meant to glorify the power of the bwami association. A preceptor carrying the door and sitting near the initiation hut is then joined by a group of dancers, who are referred to as the herd of elephants (idumbu) joining the little elephant (kalupepe). The dancers, who move around the initiation hut, have the power to make the initiations successful and to help the candidates through the initiations." [Biebuyck D., 1973: Lega Culture. University of California Press]. During his trip to Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Elisofon visited the Lega people near Shabunda and its surroundings in the Maniema district. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
F 3 LGA 2.0.7 EE 59
General:
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 1 16
Frame value is 14.
Slide No. F 3 LGA 2.0.7 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Dance  Search this
Weapons  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 5311
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Eliot Elisofon Field collection
Eliot Elisofon Field collection / Congo (Democratic Republic) / EECL / Kabila Village, Congo (Democratic Republic)
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/xo7f2e2c710-35b1-4eff-8176-00b910ad06ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1973-001-ref21894

Masked performers wearing pair of male and female Chi wara headdresses, Bamako (national district), Mali. [slide]

Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Physical description:
slide : col
Culture:
Bamana (African people)  Search this
Type:
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Mali
Date:
1971
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Dance  Search this
Masquerades  Search this
Masks  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Animals in art--Antelopes  Search this
Animals in art--Composite animals  Search this
Headdresses--headgear  Search this
Local number:
E 1 BMB 4.1 EE 71
EEPA EECL 3367
Restrictions & Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. For information on photo services and research appointments, please visit <http://africa.si.edu/research/archives.html> or contact Archives staff at elisofonarchives@si.edu <mailto:elisofonarchives@si.edu>
See more items in:
Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972
Data Source:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_117276

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