Colorful Bozo Festival Helmet Mask 19.75″ – Mali – African Art

Original price was: $600.00.Current price is: $150.00.

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Every year the Bozo commission masks, puppets and marionettes for their annual festivals and parades. This mask showcases two female figures on either side with plastic streamers encasing the perimeter. It measures 19.75 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds. The mask has some minor cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully. Stand not included

Type of Object

Helmet Mask

Country of Origin





Wood, pigment, plastic, metal tacks, metal jewelry

Approximate Age









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.”