African Tribal Art - Puppet Head, Burkina Faso

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Puppet head
Mali, Bamana peoples, Burkina Faso
Wood, string, copper, aluminum
7.5" (18.7 cm) high
Mid 20th century

A very expressive puppet head with three scarification marks on the forehead. The black string hair is attached with copper bands, and there is a vertical copper band on each side of the head. It has pierced ears and nose with small metal pins for eyes.


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