Large Beautiful Baule Necklace – Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast
Bronze, carnelian beads, glass beads. The necklace is cm. 51,0 in lenght (20.08″). The diameter of the large extrafine bronze disk is cm. 6,6 high (2.60″); Gr. 165,9 (5.85 oz.).
Metal works like this large Baule disk is molded in bronze by ‘the lost wax method’. This kind of metal molding is made with a wax model and a mold made from a heat proof material, such as clay, in which the liquid metal is poured into through pipes and openings, and the wax is melted and drained away. The method is common on every continent exept Australia, and dates back to 3rd millenium BC and has sustained few changes since then.
The Baule are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire who historically migrated from Ghana.
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