head of castel puppet - Aluminium, Brass, Glass beads, Wood - Sogobo - Bambara - Mali

head of castel puppet - Aluminium, Brass, Glass beads, Wood - Sogobo - Bambara - Mali
Mid 20th century - Fair

FUNCTION: the so-called Sogobo theatre has an important function among the Bamana, it allows to expiate and to appease social tensions, by mocking all of the previous village conflicts this way;
the show is the result of the youth societies.

POPULATION: Bambara or Bamana village of Sirabougou, region of Djenné.

MATERIALS: squared wooden base, enabling it to be tied to the rest of the structure, which will be hidden from the crowd, only the head, which is in this case the representation of a Fula woman, will be visible; richly decorated with brass and aluminium slats, highlighted with glass-beads and cotton earrings.

DIMENSIONS: 88 cm high by 20 cm wide.

DESCRIPTION: elongated face, the triple panelled hairdo, as well as the brass coating represent an important lady from high society.

PROVENANCE: collected in situ by the antiquarian Madou Sagara, a Dogon merchant from the Bandiagara Cliffs; Farafi Gallery, Aix en Provence, specialist in Arts of Mali for more than twenty-five years.

Careful shipment via registered express parcel, including the description and a picture.

Lot details
head of castel puppet
Indigenous object name
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Aluminium, Brass, Glass beads, Wood
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
88×15×20 cm
3.5 kg
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