The rich puppet theatre of Mali, using sculpted figures which represent a large variety of characters, including animals, spirits, or legendary figures, perform in festivals to teach children folklores, legends and morals. The attributes of hunters, warriors, and heroes are also celebrated. These sculptures are sometimes attached to a cloth body, creating a gigantic animal that served as a mobile stage or performances organized by youth associations. Young men would animate the giant animal from within, while young women and other members of the com- munity would encircle it dancing & singing. This theatrical tradition is known by different names in different regions. One of its names is Sogo bo, "the animals come forth". The puppets are also used in harvest & fishing celebrations.
Height: 13 3/4" x Width: 4 3/4" x Length: 24"