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Bozo Puppet Mask (N° 14140)
Bozo polychromy of Sculptures of African Art in Mali
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Blancheur enhanced in red for this ancient African zoomorphic mask honoring Faro, water genius. Abrasions of use. Slit on the dorsal ridge. The fin joint is held by rubber strips. The Bozo , mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the interior delta of Niger and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes according to seasonal floods. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama. Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.Besides their remarkable masks, the Bozo and the Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the theater of puppets Sogow bo which organizes itself on the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the region of Ségou, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these puppets is attributed to the geniuses of the bush who removed Toboji Centa, a bozo fisherman.
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