Hand Painted Wooden Bozo Fish Puppet, Red & Yellow- Mali, West Africa

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The Bozo people are known as "masters of the river" and their culture and artwork centers around their interaction with the Niger River. These fish puppet heads are crafted by Bozo artisans in Mali. These river sculptures are hand-carved from wood, painted, and then antiqued through an underground smoking process.

After long hours of work fishing and hauling in nets, villagers come together to celebrate. Puppets are brought out, and competitions are held to find the best performers. Tribal history, customs, and morals are taught through the puppets. A stick would be attached to this fish puppet and a child would run around the parade floats making it appear to swim. 

• Size: Approximately 14.75" wide x 5" high x 3.5" deep
• Origin: Mali
• Tribe: Bozo
• Colors: Red, Yellow, Black, White
• Material: Wood, Paint
• Packaging: Wrapped in Tissue with Story Card
• Condition: These are handmade and painted, there will be imperfections and usage marks. Wear pattern and chip on left side. Please review photos carefully.


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