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Many contemporary commentaries claim that dolls and puppets were introduced to the African continent by Catholic missions for didactic purposes. However, it is obvious that the ancestral tradition of the puppeteer show existed well before the arrival of the missions. African puppets are predominant in male shows, while dolls are used by girls and women.

Tiv or Angas ancestor figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Tiv statue

African puppet figure with articulated arms thanks to long nails. This statue offers a thick, goitrous neck, carrying a spherical head which seems topped with a cap. The sagging breasts, of low relief, are inscribed on the bust. The powerful legs, devoid of feet, are wide apart. A partially chipped kaolin film covers some areas. Numerous erosions.
Peoples with varied traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The Tiv from Cameroon are made up of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué. Their statues are of two types: of a naturalistic type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of the posts of reception huts. The second, called ihambé , associated with fertility, represent ...

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Bozo zoomorphic mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bozo mask

Depicting an animal with an articulated jaw, this heavy mask is embellished with a brilliant polychrome decoration. Four curved horns unfold at the top. Erosions from use.
The Bozo , mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior delta of the Niger and remain nowadays still semi-nomadic, moving their dwellings according to the seasonal floods. They speak the Mande language and Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie. In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various sizes and frequently articulated, which are exhibited during the Sogow Bo puppet theater, which is organized on the initiative of young people in the villages, mainly ...

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Marotte Kiébé-kiébé Mbochi from Congo
Tribal art > Puppets > Mbochi Puppet

Among the peoples of the Republic of Congo, the initiation of young people ended with the revelation of the serpent god Ebongo represented in the form of a puppet head. The dances Kibe-kibe, Kebe kebe, which accompanied the ceremony reactivated the successive stages of creation. The Panther clan had a drum as an emblem. For its part, the snake's had carved heads, painted in bright colors, on sticks that the manipulator, hidden under a long robe, held his hands outstretched above his head. In homage to political figures, figures in their image were introduced. This is the representation of the 3rd President of the Republic of Congo Marien Ngouabi, born in the Kuyou region and assassinated in 1977 in Brazzaville. A former Saint-Cyrian, the figure is depicted wearing his beret with a medal ...

Puppet bust Markha Bambara Mani
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Tribal art > Puppets > Markha Puppet

" Mani " is a diminutive meaning " small person " that describes african human-faced puppets used by Bambara and Markha during educational shows. Featuring an elegant emaciated face framed by growths and a crest depicting the braided hairstyle, this sculpture of a female bust offers a curved chest, marked with traditonal incisions, and punctuated by brass inlays. Perfect condition. Greyed brown patina.
High on a base: 63 cm.
In the religious system of Markha society, do is the most invoked and its most elaborate cult. The Markha are organized into structured and hierarchical mask societies as is found in many other ethnic groups. They have an initiation language, a means of communication in the hands of insiders. The Markha, also known as Warka , inhabit the northern ...

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