Wow - thank you for the response. I shall be looking up the references. Many thanks again, Lawrence
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Lee Rubinstein <LeeRubinstein@...> wrote:
> This manniw puppet figure could possibly represent Ya-yoroba or
> Barabara, "the morally upright woman" [muso nyuman], as pictured on
> page 183 in Mary Jo Arnoldi's "Material Narratives and the Negotiation
> of Identities through Objects in Mailan Theatre" in Mary Jo Arnoldi,
> Christraud M. Geary and Kris L. Hardin, eds., African Material Culture
> (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 1996), pp.
> 167-187... or Jine-Faro, the riverine seductress...
> Foe more information and comparative resources on Bamana -- and Bozo
> -- puppetry, or sogo bo, see the above and:
> Mary Jo Arnoldi, Sogo Bo: The Animals Come Forth: Malian Puppets and
> Masks from the Collection of Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen. (Tenafly,
> NJ: The African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers. 1999).
> Mary Jo Arnoldi and Elisabeth den Otter, "Puppet Masquerade in
> Kirango, Mali: Continuity, Innovation and Changing Contexts," in
> Belcher, S., Jansen, J. and N'Daou, M., Mande Mansa Essays in Honor of
> David C. Conrad. (New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers,
> 1999), pp. 7-15.
> Mary Jo Arnoldi, Playing with Time: Art and Performance in Central
> Mali. (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 1995).
> Elisabeth den Otter and Mamadou Keita, Sogo Bo, La Fete des Masques
> Bamanan, (Bamako: Imprim Color. 2002).
> To view contemporary performances of Malian puppet theater, see Yaya
> Coulibaly's Sogolon Puppet Theater on Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge.
> Also, figures more similar to that queried can be glimpsed briefly in
> this Yaya Coulibaly interview segment in "Back from Mali.". For more
> information regarding Yaya Coulibaly's Theatre de Marionettes, see
> also http://sogolon.com/yaya.php.
> On Nov 7, 2010, at 6:47 AM, Lawrence wrote:
> > I have described this as a Bamana (Bambara) piece but I would like
> > to know if anyone has seen anything quite like it before?
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/album/2093705175/pic/list
> > Thanks
> > Lawrence