African puppets

Bamana marionette figures
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Bamana maani of Sotigi, the horseman.
This version represents a colonial officer on horseback
27" long x 34" tall
Arms are operated by strings
Examples below for reference purposes
From the book: African Art in American Collections
Puppet, Bamana/Wood, pigment, cloth, fiber, metal/22 in. (55.9 cm)
Alison Baker Frank Collection
Another example of a Bamana maani
of Sotigi puppet.
Photograph Lynn Forsdale, 1978
Great reference books on African puppets and marionette figures