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Bamana Puppet Hobby Horse Mali African Art 39 Inch

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Title Bamana Puppet Hobby Horse Mali African Art 39 Inch
Type of Object Puppet, marionette, Horse Head
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood, pigment, vegetal fibers
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 39 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 9 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair chipped ear, oxidation on metal

Additional Information:  An interesting  puppet from  the Bamana. The puppet portrays  a horse with saddle on back.  On the back the artist had represented a saddle. The long neck as well as the rope to the head hepl to carry the piece move it around during the performance.  

Such marionettes were  used  during a public masquerade  in the region around the Bamana city of Segou.  This festival  is a long tradition found among the Bamana and the Bozo. Performed today by the young men of the region it was first adapted from the Bozo people living along the Niger River.  Dance troops of young men, members of local youth groups, sing, dance, drum, manipulate puppets in creating performances called Sogo Bo.  Though considered to be a form of entertainment , the performances are directed towards a description of the moral universe and the imperfection of humans and the need to educate people as regards ethical behavior and how to attain a religious way of life.