Bozo people live along Niger river and are related to Bamana. They are known as people of the fish as they make their living by fishing. Bozo create masks of vivid colors often decorated with contrasting dots.
This red leopard mask brings to mind an African proverb:
"After dark all cats are leopards."
The guide who located these small masks for us comes from the family of a well known collector and dealer of Bozo art in Mali.