Baule Prestige Knife - Côte d'Ivoire

Among the many remarkable art traditions for which the Baule are known is their manufacture of elaborate and beautiful knives.

This hourglass-curved blade, sheathed in a sewn leather scabbard decorated with coral-colored shells, would have conspicuously reflected the prestige of its bearer. Carved wooden handle, shells affixed with leather. Some corrosion to blade.


Baule
Metal, wood, leather, shells, fiber
Late 19th century
H: 19" W: 6 1/2"
ex John B. Elliott collection
#277
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