Zoomorphic Bozo Mask with Stand 23″ – Mali – African Tribal Art


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Every year the Bozo commission masks, puppets and marionettes for their annual festivals and parades. This mask showcases an animal face with large ears and an open mouth expression with hanging raffia. It measures 16 inches tall and 23 inches on its stand and weighs 6.5 pounds. It’s in fair condition with minor imperfections such as cracking, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.


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Type of Object

1 mask

Country of Origin





wood, pigment, glass eyes, animal hair

Approximate Age



16" mask | 23" with stand






1.5 lb mask | 6.5 lbs with stand

Overall Condition

fair with minor imperfections – 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.”

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