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Merenkun puppet

Description: The Bamana are members of the Mande culture, a large and powerful group of people from the Republic of Mali, located in northwestern Africa. Throughout the Segou Region in Mali, the Sogo bo, or puppet masquerades, are performed by the young men’s associations called the kamalen ton. The puppets are known as Merenkun. They satirize social and personal behavior and bring them out into the public. The puppets often have arms or movable parts and are covered in clothing. Songs and drums accompany the performance. This particular puppet features a human figure riding a horse and probably dates from the early to mid 1900s.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Puppets
Bamana (African people)
Bamana (African people) - social life and customs
Nineteen hundreds (Decade)

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