Bozo Colorful Wood Bird Mask Headdress Mali
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 surface has probably been repainted a number of times and reflects the age and long use of this mask by the Bozo.