Every year, the Bozo community put on large festivals and masquerades. Masks, puppets and marionettes are commissioned for use in the parades and theater performances. This puppet features a colorful large billed bird cloaked in a beautiful textile. The puppet comes with a custom stand for easy display. There is some scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
Very Colorful Bozo Bird Puppet on Stand 32″ – Mali – African Art
|Type of Object||
Figure, statue, Puppet
|Country of Origin||
Wood, pigment and fabric
15.5" puppet | 32" on stand
Some scuffing, cracking and wear and tear.
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.”