Antique Baoule Brass 1
These early examples of Brass beads were made using the lost wax method
by the Baoule tribe, prolific producers of brass ornaments and charms
in the Côte d'Ivoire ( Ivory Coast ) and were found in Ghana.

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 over to the Gulf of Guinea.

 During the eighteenth century, their 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 )

Strand length 22 ins / 56 cm - Beads 25 x 14 mm
ATB 699-21   £36