These Brass Pendants were made with the lost wax method by the Baoule tribe, prolific producers of brass ornaments and charms. Mainly to be found in the Côte d'Ivoire
( Ivory Coast ) the Baoules are original descendants of the Ashanti tribes of Ghana.
They form part of the Akan group of the Ivory Coast, who created a series of kingdoms
and city-states that progressively occupied the entire forest region all the way to the
Gulf of Guinea.
During the eighteenth century, the queen, Abla Poku, led her people West to the shores of the Cornoe, the land of the Senufo. In order to cross the river, she sacrificed her own son.
This sacrifice was the origin of the name Baoule, for baouli means "the child has died."
( I. N. Loucou, 1984 )