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Markha Puppet (N° 16816)
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" 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 Bambara territory and have, therefore, been influenced by them especially in the design of their masks. Indeed, the same logic can be seen in terms of forms. The Markha, however, have the distinction of adorning their masks and statues with brass plates engraved with motifs. Their puppets are also renowned. Besides the similarities between markha and bambara art, they also have in common institutions.
(ref: DIAKONOFF S., The Soul of Africa Masks and Sculptures)