BAMANA PUPPETS ARCHIVES, Mali



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

For UNSOLD Bamana puppets GO TO BAMANA PUPPETS PAGE

 

BAMANA
Puppet 1
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Puppet 2
SOLD

BAMANA
Puppet 5
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Puppet 6
SOLD

BAMANA
Puppet 11
SOLD


 

 BAMANA
Puppet 7
SOLD

  BAMANA
Puppet 61
SOLD

 BAMANA
Puppet 62
SOLD

BAMANA
Puppet Heads 6 - 8
SOLD

BAMANA
Puppet Head Group 1
10.25" high / 18" long x 3" deep base
SOLD

BAMANA
Puppet 12
31" high
SOLD

 

 BAMANA
Puppet 8
26.5" high
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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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