Wearing a traditional crown style 'kufi' cap, this male torso with perforated base appears to have been used as a puppet (maani), and was probably once part of a larger masquerade assemblage used in the Sogo bo theater. Carved by a village blacksmith in the Segou Region, Mali, early 20th century, 20"H.
Made of a tight-grained wood with very fine, shiny, medium brown, aged patina. There are finely-incised designs across the face, head, and torso. Condition is very good with old damage and repair to forehead area, and with several old splits in the wood. An attractive sculpture.
PROVENANCE: S. BART FAMILY COLLECTION, NYC AND FL, PURPORTEDLY SINCE 1950'S