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Bozo Mask Pink Spotted with Ears Mali Africa

Regular Price: $99.00

Special Price: $49.00

Product #: 104969
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Title Bozo Mask Pink Spotted with Ears Mali Africa
Country of Origin Mali
People Bozo
Materials Wood, paint
Approximate Age Contemporary
Dimensions Height: 13.5 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
Depth: 6.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair scratches and dirt, see pictures for details.


Additional Information: A wonderfully stylized mask from the Bozo with animal features.  The expressive eyes, pointed ears and vibrant colors are indicative of the Bozo style.  


Bozo headpieces are used and performed by  young men of the region during  the Sogo ba masquerade. Dance troops of young men, members of local youth groups, sing, dance, drum, manipulate puppets or dance masks in creating performances called Sogo Ba. Though considered to be a form of entertainment the performances are directed towards a description of the moral universe and the imperfection of humans and the need to educate people as regards ethical behavior and how to attain a religious way of life and how to maintain social and familial stability. Performances include religion, history, observations of local contemporary political events, satire of behavior and simple entertainment through the music and dance. The headpiece is a complex carving with a number of motifs presented and emphasized through the use of bright colors and expressive sculpting of the facial features and metal decorative pieces. The surface has probably been repainted  a number of times and reflects the age and long use of this mask by the Bozo.