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Many contemporary commentaries claim that dolls and puppets were introduced to the African continent by the Catholic missions for didactic purposes. However, it is clear that the ancestral tradition of puppet show existed long before the arrival of the missions. African puppets are predominantly used in men's shows, while dolls are used by girls and women.


Bozo Bust
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bozo Bust

Bozo polychrome works in African art from Mali.
Crest mask depicting a woman's bust, or even a habitable puppet element. Vivid polychrome patina, abrasions, drying cracks.
The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior Niger delta and today still remain semi-nomadic, moving their homes according to seasonal floods. Mande-speaking people, they speak Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie. In addition to their remarkable traditional masks, the Bozo and the Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied dimensions and frequently articulated, exhibited during the Sogow bo puppet theater which is organized at the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in ...


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Bozo Fish
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bozo Fish

African animal sculpture of the Bozo in the African art of Mali.
This African animal mask decorated with polychrome colors would honor a water genius. Abrasions from use.
The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior Niger delta and today still remain semi-nomadic, moving their homes according to seasonal floods. Mande-speaking people, they speak Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie. In addition to their remarkable traditional masks, the Bozo and the Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied dimensions and frequently articulated, exhibited during the Sogow bo puppet theater which is organized at the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the ...


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190.00

Koré Stick
African art > Stick of command, chieftaincy > Koré Stick

Ritual instrument used in the fourth initiatory rank of the Bamana Kore society, Bambara, this cane is named, like the horse mask, Kore Duga or the Kore vulture b>. The name of the mask refers to the satirical behavior of the dancer-jester who straddles the stick during his performance. It has various objects associated with the knowledge dispensed by the Koré, the last initiatory society of the Bamana. The handle has a slightly curved flat seat and is extended by a sculpted head. Black brown patina, erosions and cracks, lack.


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280.00

Kouyou statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kouyou statue

African puppet emblematic of the Kouyou type, intended for the dance kibe-kibe, or Ebokita (S.Diakonoff) this sculpture refers to the ancestor mythical Oso. The face bears scarified patterns, and the mouth reveals sharp teeth.
Polychrome satin patina. Erosions and cracks.
Formerly, the Kouyou were divided into two totemic clans: in the West that of the panther, and in the East that of the snake. A secret men's association, Ottoté, played an important political role in the appointment of chiefs. The initiation of young people ended with the revelation of the serpent god Ebongo represented in the form of a head. The Kibe-kibe or Kebekebe dances, which accompanied the ceremony, reactivated the successive stages of creation. The panther clan had a drum as their emblem. ...


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290.00

Kwele Reliquary
African art > Puppets, dolls > Kwele Reliquary

Rare representation of a Tsogho ancestor in the form of a statue with articulated limbs. The back has a cavity intended for relics such as small bones. The face is like the traditional masks of the group. Matte patina, faintly colored highlights, drying cracks.
The Mitsogho ethnic group, Sogho, is established in a forest region on the right bank of the Ngoumé river, Ngounié, near the Kwele. Bwiti society, which has a system of reliquaries comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the Mitsogho matrilineal clans. Their masks were displayed during funerals, and stored in the ebanza male initiation house. Like other ethnic groups in Gabon, they practice the rites of Bwiti which would have spread in this way among the coastal peoples. Their sculptural production is ...


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150.00





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