Bozo Bird Puppet on Custom Stand 24″ – Mali – African Art



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The Bozo are well known for their colorful masks, puppets and marionettes and every year, the Bozo community put on large festivals and masquerades. This puppet depicts a bird figure with a long beak. This puppet is attached to a custom base for easy display. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue, Puppet

Country of Origin






Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and rubber

Approximate Age



23.5" puppet | 24" including stand


3" puppet | 6" base




9.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some scuffing, cracking and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Bozo People

“The Bozo are a West African ethnic group located predominantly along the Niger River in Mali. The name Bozo is thought to derive from Bambara bo-so “straw house”, the people accept it as referring to the whole of the ethnic group but use more specific clan names such as Sorogoye, Hain, and Tieye themselves. They are famous for their fishing and are occasionally referred to as the “masters of the river”.
“The Bozo language, which belongs to the Soninke-Bozo subgroup of Northwestern Mande within the Niger-Congo family, have traditionally been considered dialects of one language though there are at least four distinct varieties.
Aspects of Bozo culture took shape under the 10th century Ghana Empire, when the Bozo took possession of the banks of the Niger. The Bozo were the founders of the Milian cities of Djenne and Mopti.
Though the Bozo are predominantly Muslim, they preserve a number of animist traditions as well. Their animal totem is the bull, whose body represents the Niger and whose horns represent the Bozo fishing pirogues.”