Africa, Mali, Bamana, 20th century / Puppet Mask of a Donkey (fali) / c. 1930sAfrica, Mali, Bamana, 20th century
Puppet Mask of a Donkey (fali)
c. 1930s

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Mali, Bamana, 20th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Mali, Bamana, 20th century
Title: Puppet Mask of a Donkey (fali)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1930
Creation End Date: 1939
Creation Date: c. 1930s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 40.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1935.307
Credit Line: James Albert Ford Memorial Fund
Provenance: Louis Carré, Paris
Style or Period: Africa, Mali, Bamana, 20th century
Context: The Bamana young men's association entertains and edifies the community with puppet-theatre performances that satirize anti-social behavior, praise positive actions, recount histories, and celebrate heroes. The donkey's head (fali), serves as a metaphor for a worker who toils but may also protest his subservient position with a well-placed kick!
AMICA ID: CMA_.1935.307
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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