BAULE METALWORKS, Ivory Coast 

BAULE 26
11.5" high
SOLD

BAULE 26
11.5" high
SOLD



BAULE
Metal
Masks

 

BAULE CURRENCY

CURRENCY


 

BAULE CURRENCY

Photographs © Tim Hamill

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.

Most Baule figures are wood, this one is made by the complex traditional lost-wax process, then cast in a copper alloy similar to bronze.

The brass masks, also 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.

Although elegantly made, most of these Baule metal pieces show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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