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Mali Bozo puppet mask (N° 18965)
Polychromy of African bozo art sculptures in Mali.
Aquatic inspiration for the sculptures of African Bozo art
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POlychromy and pastillage for this African puppet-mask honoring Faro, genius of water, and representing a plump fish. Abrasions . The articulation of the fins is maintained by rubber tabs.
The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the Inner Niger Delta and remain semi-nomadic, moving their homes with the seasonal floods. People of Mande language, they speak Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.
In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and the Bambara are famous for their puppets of various sizes and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theater Sogow bo which is organized on the initiative of young people from villages, mainly in the region of Segou, and which plays an educational role.
The invention of these puppets is attributed to the geniuses of the bush who kidnapped Toboji Centa, a bozo fisherman.
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