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This fascinating and slightly humorous wooden fish, with affixed fins and gills, crafted to be perched on a post or held atop the head in celebration, is of a type and age that rarely makes its way into the tribal art market. The Sogo Bò masquerade (literally meaning “the grass animals come out”) is an ethnic celebration that primarily takes the form of an animal masquerade in which masks, puppets, drumming, singing and dancing are blended into a festive celebration of being Bambarra (Bambarra, in its full sense, refers to an ethnic and cultural group as well as a belief system). The animals, either represented by masks or puppets, are metaphors for types of people or behavior patterns among the Bambarra, who traditionally have a social and cultural belief system rooted in animism. The Sogo Bò masquerade can also be described as a community festival or ceremony held at the end of the harvest season to celebrate the harvest and the changing of the year. It also commemorates events of the past, commenting on present-day weaknesses, foibles and experiences, while reinforcing Bambarra values and affirming their cultural identity. The puppets and masks represent stock characters that are known to the audience, who recognize the fullness of their meanings. The overall performance routine, characters, performers, performance objects, audience, performance venue, and moral code do not change, yet innovation occurs within this established framework.
|Lot ID: 65|
|Low Estimate: $3,000|
|High Estimate: $6,000|
|Next Bid: $1,500|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood, stain, polychrome paint, textile, metal tacks|
|Dimensions: 42" (106.68 cm) length x 14" (35.56 cm) height x 6" (15.24 cm) width|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Mali|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Other|
|The Sogo Bò masquerade is an important social event that serves as an example of a cultural celebration in which tradition dictates a fusion of ritual, disguise and festival (Ref: Kruger, “The Bin Sogo Bò as a Traditional Celebration of Ethnicity,” Third International Conference on Arts in Society, 2008). To dance this piece, the masquerader would hold a post that connected below the head in one hand, and balance the piece with the other hand (hence this piece is more of a marionette than a mask). (Ref: Otter, “Puppets and masks of the Bamanan and the Bozo”). Please note: This description is for the animal masquerade of both the neighboring Bamana tribe “Sogo bo” masquerades and that of the Bozo Peoples. There is little distinction made by scholars between the use of masks and figures in the elaborate celebrations of the Bozo and the Bamana (below referred to as Bambarra). The only emphatic distinction is the presence of the Bozo along the Niger River almost exclusively, and that the Bamana have a broad range of cultural artistic production, while the piece above is representative of the far more narrow scope of Bozo mask and marionette production and use.Kruger, “The Bin Sogo Bò as a Traditional Celebration of Ethnicity,” Third International Conference on Arts in Society, 2008, Otter, “Puppets and Masks of the Bamanan and the Bozo”|
|Provenance: Ex. Galerie Noir d'Ivoire, Paris (certificate of authenticity and ownership included)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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