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Bozo Puppet (N° 22346)

Bozo polychrome works in African art from Mali.
This African puppet-mask would honor Faro, genius of water. A piece of textile hides the joint of the tail. Locally abraded polychrome patina. Slight lack.
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 still remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes according to seasonal floods. Mande-speaking people, they speak 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 the Bambara are renowned for their puppets of various sizes and frequently articulated, exhibited during the Sogow bo puppet theater which is organized on the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the Ségou region. , 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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OriginEx-colection française
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm22
Depth98 cm
Width15 cm
Weight3.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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