Thanks for the reply Rand,
to be honest I've no idea if there is a market in fakes for these
puppets. I also suspect that because it is not made to look
particularly old that it is authentic.
It is a part of African art I know nothing about and will try to
research more and maybe even search out something for my own
collection. I've been inspired!! :-)
I really do like the "farmer" (he reminds me of a sax player I used
to work with)and if you get any more of these puppets please share
them with us.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
, Rand African Art <rand@r...>
> Hi Craig,
> Well, I thought that I was getting into an area in African art
where there would be a significantly lessened chance of having to
worry about "is it real or is it fake?"
> Maybe I am naïve in my assumption that these types of items, since
they are still made and performed in modern day African society,
would probably not be items that would be faked for the market. I
guess my hopes are that the pieces are authentic, they both certainly
have a fantastic character about them in my opinion and I don't have
any reason to believe that they would not be authentic. They probably
do not have a whole lot of age to them, but I think when you are
buying pieces like this you have to take the hat off that you would
normally wear when you are looking at say a Fang piece.
> I will agree that quite a few of the puppets that I had seen in the
past were painted yellow, but they were mainly the female puppets
like the one on the cover of "Emotions in Motion". I didn't think
twice about the Farmer being blue, in fact I actually thought it was
great, he was so different than many of the other puppets that were
offered to me and I liked his uniqueness. Both of the puppets appear
to have a few layers of paint on them. Of course I thought that the
Farmer would be a great addition to the Goat. I have them displayed
together in the house, and the few people that have been to the house
since I got them have been drawn to them right away when they walked
into the house.
> From the book "Emotions in Motion"
> Traditionally vegetable dies were used to paint the sculptured
puppets, but with the importation of modern colors from Europe the
spectrum of available colors grew considerably.
> Some puppets are freshly painted before every performance/ This is
why older, traditionally died puppets, particularly those found in
museums and private collections, are faded.
> Undoubtedly, the reasons puppets were painted such vivid colors was
to make them stand out dramatically from their background.
> In many African societies colors carry symbolic meanings and
> The Ibibio in Nigeria believe that: Light colors, white, pink,
yellow, are associated with good, beauty and wealth. Dark colors,
black, red, dark brown, are indications of evil, ugliness and poverty.
> Light colors are associated with the ancestors, perhaps originating
from the custom among several Ibibio groups of painting corpses white.
> I am glad you liked them, the "Farmer" wasn't greeted with open
arms by others in the household when he was introduced, but I think
he kind of "grows" on you
> Craig Lewis <craig_n_emma@y...> wrote:
> Hi Rand,
> I have only seen a few of these "puppets" (never an animal)and also
> some published ones, and find it really difficult to
> determine "authenticity" on them. Especially difficult when they
> painted. I suppose older ones of these could have several layers of
> paint so that would be one way to tell. I don't ever recall seeing
> human figure painted blue before (most often yellow). The point I
> trying to make is how do you determine authenticity(especially with
> ones painted commercially produced paints) for these puppets, if
> anyone has any guidelines please let us know.
> By the way I really like the "farmer" puppet regardless of age
> or "authenticity" (which I hasten to add I haven't got a clue
> --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Rand African Art <rand@r...>
> > Hi all,
> > I picked up a couple of African puppets yesterday that are a
> different than the things you normally see, and I wanted to share
> them with the group.
> > I had never really seen, or been interested in these types of
> figures until I visited the African Art Market in Tucson this year
> and saw some of my first ones.
> > Information and pictures of the African Art Market:
> > I came back and bought the book "Emotions in Motion" by E.A.
> and have become fascinated with them. The use of puppets in various
> forms of theater has been happening on for years, and is something
> that is still a part of life in Africa today.
> > I wanted to share with everyone the 2 figures that I just picked
> > http://www.randafricanart.com/Bamana_marionettes.html
> > Cheers!
> > RAND
> > www.randafricanart.com
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