Puppet - Wood - Bozo - Mali

Description
Puppet - Wood - Bozo - Mali
Late 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Fish Puppet
- BOZO ADAM - from Mali


This fish in painted wood is a puppet with articulated fins. We can find it among the Bozo, an ethnic group established in Mali and in Niger. Skilful fishermen, they are considered to be “the masters of the river”. There is a legend about the origin of this object. A Bozo fisherman would have been abducted by spirits of the bush. During his detention, the spirits taught him the art of puppets. At his return to the village, the fisherman visited the forgers and they began to establish together the craftsmanship of puppets. Bozo puppets are still used today for the celebration of good catches, during which they dance, accompanied by women’s chants and drums.

Collected in situ.

Lot details
Object
Puppet
Ethnic group/ culture
Bozo
Region/ country
Mali
Material
Wood
Period
Late 20th century
Condition
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
39×12×17 cm
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