BAMANA PUPPETS, Mali

 

BAMANA
Puppet 3
27" high
$1500

 

BAMANA
Puppet 4
25" high
$800
 

BAMANA
Puppet 9
25" high
$800

BAMANA
Puppet 10
22.5" high
$800

BAMANA
Puppet 13
22" high
$800


BAMANA
Puppet 14
37" high
$2000

BAMANA
Puppet 15
37.5" high
$1500

BAMANA
Puppet 17
26" high
$800

The puppets above have been vetted as authentic.

The puppet below was probably made to be sold.

BAMANA
Puppet 16
32" high
$400

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA, Merekun Puppets, Mali

We believe most of these puppets are authentic and used. Despite their appearance some may have been 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.

The largest group of masquerade characters and the oldest performed in the theater are bush animals (see Bamana Animal Puppets).

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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