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Bozo fish puppet mask (N° 20018)
Bozo polychrome works in African art from Mali.
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This ancient African mask-puppet honors Faro, genius of the water. The fins are held in place by a rubber tab. Vivid polychrome patina locally abraded.
The Bozo, fishermen and farmers for the most part, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior delta of the Niger and are still semi-nomadic today, moving their dwellings according to the seasonal floods. They speak the Mande language and Sorogama. Within their group, we distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.
In addition to their remarkable traditional masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various dimensions and frequently articulated, which are exhibited during the Sogow bo puppet theater, which is organized on the initiative of young people in the villages, mainly in the Segou region, and which plays an educational role.
The invention of these puppets is attributed to the genies of the bush who kidnapped Toboji Centa, a Bozo fisherman.
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