BAMANA PUPPET 16, Mali

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA
PUPPET 16
32" high x 6" wide x 5" deep
$400

 

Despite its appearance this Bamana puupet shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

Sogo bo, the puppet masquerade drama of the Bamana, is an exploration of the moral universe.
The relationship between men and women and the problems of domestic relations in polygamous households are important concerns of many Sogo bo performances. Conflict among co-wives is a popular theme in many stories and two of the main characters areBarabara, the Favorite Wife, and the Galomuso, the Bad Wife. Like folktales and other theatrical forms, these masquerade performances throw cultural values and social relationships into high relief and open them up for public scrutiny.

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