BAMANA ANIMAL PUPPETS, Mali


BAMANA
Animal Puppet 34
22" high x 13" long
$800

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 67
20.5" high x 3" wide
$800


 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 14
55" high x 22" deep
$1000

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 68
16" high x 12" deep
$600

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 36
36" long
$500

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 39
49" long
$1200

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 47
41" high
$700

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 33
29" high x 24" long
$800

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 70
41" high
$600

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 71
41" high
$1000



BAMANA
Animal Puppet 41

35.5" high
$800

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 72
41" high
$800

The puppets above have been vetted as authentic, some with signs of use and age.


The puppet below was probably made to be sold.

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 46
21.5" high x 8" wide
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMANA, ANIMAL PUPPETS, Mali

Sogo bo, the puppet masquerade drama of the Bamana, is an exploration of the moral universe. The largest group of masquerade characters and the oldest performed in the theater are bush animals. In Bamana communities, the bush is defined as the domain of men and the interpretation of the theater's bush animal characters are informed by beliefs and values associated with hunting and with hunters as men of action and society's heros. Over the last decades, at the same time that the actual area of uncultivated land has constricted and the number of hunters have diminished, the definition of the bush and the nature of the hunter/hero have been extended to other arenas of endeavor. In the Sogo bo theater, bush animal masquerades remain important precisely because they are richly drawn and complex metaphors through which to explore the nature of knowledge and power [and] the relationship of the individual to the group.

from The Sogow by Mary Jo Arnoldi in Bamana: The Art of Existence in Mali. New York: Museum of African Art.

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