Lot 188: A Bamana, Sogo Bo Meret couple
November 26, 2016
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Description: A Bamana, Sogo Bo Meret couple with upraising arms; shiny aged patina of blackened colour, traces of oxidised karité."Sogo bò, a puppet masquerade drama, pereformed today in many Bamana communities within the Ségou region in south central Mali is organized under the auspices if the kamalen ton, the village youth association. It is defined by the community as nyènajè, entertainment and tulon, play. The Sogo bò masquerade has a regional identity rather bthan being associated with a single ethnic group.Sogo bò did not originate with the Bamana, but with the Bozo fishermen. By the late nineteenth century, however, Bamana within Ségou began to adopt the masqueradetheater and throughout the last century it flourished in these farming communities."Mary Jo Arnoldi, Bamana Art of Existance in Mali, Museum for African Art, New York, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, edit. by Jean Paul Colleyn, 2003:77Height: 73 cm / 75 cmWeight: 2,6 kg / 2,3 kg