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Bozo zoomorphic mask (N° 20191)

Depicting an animal with an articulated jaw, this heavy mask is embellished with a brilliant polychrome decoration. Four curved horns unfold at the top. Erosions from use.
The Bozo , mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior delta of the Niger and remain nowadays still semi-nomadic, moving their dwellings according to the seasonal floods. They speak the Mande language and Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie. In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various sizes and frequently articulated, which are exhibited during the Sogow Bo puppet theater, which is organized on the initiative of young people in the villages, mainly in the Segou region, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these puppets is attributed to the genies of the bush who kidnapped Toboji Centa, a Bozo fisherman.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyBozo
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, metal, textile
Height120
Width130
Weight4.18 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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