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Marionette Head

19th century - 20th century
Carved and drilled wood with bronze and string

26 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (67.31 cm x 24.13 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.66
Other Number(s): 82-33 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Mali
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Bozo, Bamana, Malian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Bamana
  • Bozo
  • female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
  • Malian - Style and culture of Mali in West Africa, either the ancient empire of the 13th and 14th centuries or of the modern republic founded in 1960.
  • Mande - Style and culture of the African people of the same name living in the countries of Mali, Burkina Fasso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0180315.

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0077103.
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0155670.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 65.
  • Pascal James Imperato, "The Depiction of Beautiful Women in Malian Youth Association Masquerades." African Arts 27, no. 1 (January 194): 58-65, 95-96.

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