This mask was created in the style of the Bozo people of Mali. The Bozo are very well know for their colorful masks and puppets that they create for their annual festivals. This mask portrays the face of an antelope with large horns and a human figure in the middle. It has interesting metal overlay and colorful pigmentation throughout. The mask measures 44.75 inches tall and weighs 11 pounds. There are cracks, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.
Large Bozo Antelope Mask with Figure 44.75″ – Mali – African Tribal Art
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Wood, pigment, metal, fabric
Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.
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.”