Bambara/Bamana are known for their expressive statues and for their marionettes. They took part in village performances. In this part of Africa renown for its cliffs, horses were available only to wealthy merchants and chiefs. Introduced over 1000 years ago, horses and equestrian figures are associated with status and power. This must have been the role of the current marionette in the village puppet theater.
Exhibited at the "Fertile, Frightful, Divine"show. New Brunswick, NJ. July 2011