Sheep's head

African, Bamana peoples, Mali
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 23 x 38 x 47 cm (9 1/16 x 14 15/16 x 18 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2692

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, metal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

Among the many Bamana art forms is sogo bò, a puppet masquerade theater shared with the Bozo and other neighboring peoples. Animal characters appear in vigorous and colorful performances, accompanied by singing and clapping. 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 and women to explore the moral universe and gain knowledge through play, humor, satire, and wit.

Provenance

Early 1980s, sold by an unknown African dealer, Cambridge, MA, 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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart