BAMANA ANIMAL PUPPETS ARCHIVES, Mali

The puppets below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Bamana Animal Puppets, GO TO BAMANA ANIMAL PUPPETS PAGE


The puppets below have been vetted as authentic.

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 65
21" high
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 66
52"high
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 48
37" high
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 64
26" high
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 50
22" high
SOLD


BAMANA
Animal Puppet 37
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 38
SOLD

 
BAMANA
Animal Puppet 51
30" high
SOLD


The puppets below have not been vetted.

 BAMANA
Animal Puppet 42
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 35
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 40
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 43
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 44
SOLD

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 45
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 31
SOLD

  

BAMANA
Animal Puppet 32
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAMANA, ANIMAL PUPPETS ARCHIVES, 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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