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Puppet head (merekun)

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Among the many Bamana art forms is sogo bò, a puppet masquerade theater shared with the Bozo and other neighboring peoples. Organized by village youth associations, whose male and female members range from age fourteen to about thirty-five, the theater's aim is entertainment, allowing young men...

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1955, sold by Pierre Verite, Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Bamana peoples, Mali, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall: 31 x 7 x 8 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.) Lender Accessory (base): 6 x 5.5 x 6 cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Wood, brass tacks, nail


Africa and Oceania