This comes form Mali and is from the Dogon people. It is for dancing. It forms the head of the puppet and has a wonderful mouth which opens and shuts. These puppets are used for their dances and ceremonies. The Malian people are famous for their music and their puppets which inspired the makers of the ‘War Horse’ puppets.
See The Horse Rider in African Art page 227.
Purchased from Harvey Derien. 2014