Brilliant Bozo Bird Puppet on Custom Stand 20″ – Mali – African Art

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The Bozo people of Mali are well known for their beautiful puppet creations. These puppets come in all shapes and sized and are used during annual celebrations and masquerades. This puppet features a colorful large billed bird. The bird measures 20 inches tall on custom stand and weighs 5 pounds. There is some scuffing and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue, Puppet

Country of Origin






Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric, rubber

Approximate Age



5" wood part of puppet | 20" on stand






5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some scuffing and wear and tear throughout. See photos.

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.”