Peoples & Societies
In the savannah between the Bandama, and N'zi rivers (the "Baule V") in Central Côte d'Ivoire, the Baule peoples raise crops and animals to sell at markets run by the village women. Today, the Baule number 1.5 million. Their villages are ruled by notables, some of whom are descended from those who left Ghana in the 18th century. Baule artists work in wood and brass to create anthropomorphic masks and figures related to the afterlife. Although the practice has waned since the 1960s, the Baule also carved wooden doors. Some Baule art is stylistically similar to that of their neighbors, the southern Mande, the Malinke, and the Senufo.
Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 300.
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Art & Life in Africa
Learn more about the Baule peoples.
View a 1972 image of elders from Kondeyaokro village, Côte d'Ivoire, attending a formal occasion.
See a photograph of Baule dignitary N'Goran Koffi taken in Kouassiblekro, Côte d'Ivoire, in 1972.
Read more about aspects of Baule art and culture.
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