The tradition of puppet theater is common to the multi-ethnic peoples living in the interior delta of the Niger, including the Bozo, in particular in the region of Ségou where it is called "sogobo". This element of a puppet-mask represents an antelope thanks to planes and geometric patterns.
Abrasions of use, erosions.
Height on base: 64 cm.
In Mali, the invention of the puppet is attributed to the geniuses of the bush who kidnapped Toboji Centa, a Bozo fisherman.
During his stay with the geniuses, the man becomes familiar with this unknown art. Upon his return he went to the blacksmith sculptors and taught them how to make puppets of two kinds: miniaturized or enlarged animals and people.
The Markha have an initiatory language, a means of communication in the hands of initiates. The Markha, also called Warka, live in the north of Bambara territory and have therefore been influenced by them, particularly in the design of their masks. Their puppets are also renowned. Besides the points of similarity between Markha and Bambara art, they also have institutions in common.
Lit. : "An art of celebration in Mali" A. Favreau. Ed. School of the Louvre.
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