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Bozo Puppet Horseman Warrior Red Mali Africa

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Title Bozo Puppet Horseman Warrior Red Mali Africa
Type of Object Puppet / marionette
Country of Origin Mali
People Bozo
Materials Wood, cotton cloth, metal fasteners
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 31 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 38.5 Inches
Figure is 23 x 5 inches, Horse is 38.5 x 7 x 29 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 Scraped paint, stains, small chips and cracks

Additional Information: An exciting puppet depicting a man on a horse with a sword. The arms and legs of the man articulate, and a sword is included that fits into his right hand.  A system of ropes and pulleys allows the user to move the pieces of the horse during performance.  The figure shows much handling and good age.  

This colorful marionette was made by the Bozo people and was used as a dance accessory.  In these cultures, equestrian figures reflect the prestige and power surrounding an animal that has been associated with royalty since horses were introduced to West Africa more than a thousand years ago. Compared to the Dogon and Bamana, there is little published or illustrated of Bozo sculpture other than their rich and colorful puppet tradition. Also, most of the Bozo are Muslims. So, figural art is very scarce and its traditional use is almost abandoned. But the use of Donkey is one of the most important transportation in the region.

Among the Bozo and Bamana people of Mali, puppets appear in villages on stages, where they represent various typecast characters living in the village . The puppets will satirize social and personal behavior of the local and national politicians, the braggart, the loose woman, the miser and the foreigner. The puppets often have arms or movable parts and will be covered with clothing and will be accompanied by songs that paraphrase the movements of the puppets as they make social comments upon the excessive behavior of their subjects. In opposition to most African sculpture these puppets are seen wearing  cloth. 

Recommended Reading: 

Jean-Paul Colleyn (ed.), Bamana. The Art of Existence in Mali. 2001