National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
1st Floor, 318 A St., NE Floor Plan
Included in the 27 puppets on view is Mali's answer to "Big Bird"--Kono Don, a 5-1/2-ft. costumed figure--as well as green-haired maidens with movable torsos and arms; horse and rider puppets; and elaborately decorated antelope-head puppets. Representing Nigerian traditions are 8 brightly painted human figure puppets with articulated jaws, necks, and arms.