Rare Ceremonial Knife of the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast - 14584
The swords and daggers of the Baule tribe are are and much sought after by collectors of African weapon / tribal arts. The Baule people reside in Ivory Coast and Neighboring Ghana and known to be masters of wood work and wood engraving. We offer for sale a fine Ceremonial knife of the Baule. The blade is single edged with a down curving spine, 5 inches long. The handle is carved hardwood with a dense geometric design covered with gold colored leaf. The scabbard is hide set with three red painted shells, which were added only to weapons of highly prestigious owners. Very good condition. Small patches of rust on the blade. Minor losses to the gold colored leaf. Rare and fine article. Early - mid 20C.