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Bamana Puppet Horse and Riders Mali Africa

Regular Price: $535.00

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Product #: 111561
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Title Bamana Puppet Horse and Riders Mali Africa
Type of Object Puppet, marionette, figure
Country of Origin Mali
People Bamana
Materials Wood, raffia fibers
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 21 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Depth: 19 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. 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 Chips, cracks

Additional Information:  A Bamana puppet in the form of a a rider bringing in a captive on horseback, covered with raffia rope and clothing. 

Such puppets or marionettes were used during a public masquerade in the region around the Bamana city of Segou.  This masquerade 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.