BAULE METALWORKS, Ivory Coast 

BAULE
Currency

BAULE
Currrency

 

BAULE
Metal Vessels



BAULE
Metal Masks

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAULE, METALWORK, Ivory Coast

The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted sculptural and masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples.

The brass masks, made individually in wax, then cast, can be wall hung on a single pin, the smaller ones could be worn as well.

"Anklet" currency, These copper forms were recognized and used as currency for rare but major transactions.

The Baule metal vessels show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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