The Bozo people of Mali create beautiful and colorful masks and puppets for their annual festivals. This Bozo mask features a human face with bright red and yellow pigmentation. The mask measures 17 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds. There is a small chip on the nose and some minor scuffing and cracking. Please inspect photos. The mask does not come with a stand but one can be added for an additional price – please inquire.
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Small chip on nose, and some scuffs and cracks
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.”