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Bozo mask mermaid Mamy Wata polychrome (N° 17827)

Bozo polychrome of African art sculptures in Mali
Masque-puppet doll depicting the spirit of water Mamy Wata, with articulated arms and tail. The cult of Mami Wata, a female genius associated with the sea, spread from Ghana and then throughout West Africa. She embodies in the Bozo the beauty and the waters, a spirit of fertility protecting fishermen and their villages but also, in feminine guises, the master of water Faro. Stems inserted into the bust and bottom of the sculpture made it possible to manipulate the doll. Work in very good condition of preservation, despite tiny bursts and abrasions.
The Bozo, most fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the inland Niger Delta and remain semi-nomadic today, displacing their homes with seasonal floods. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama. Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.In addition to their remarkable masks, the Bozo and Bambara are known for their puppets of various size and frequently articulated, exhibited at the puppet theatre Sogow bo which is organized at the initiative of the young people of the villages, mainly in the region of Ségou, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these puppets is attributed to the bush geniuses who abducted Toboji Centa, a Bozo fisherman.  

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Originrécolté in-situ 1994
EthnyBozo
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, textile
Height150
Width30
Weight4.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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