Instruments Total: 2219

  • Type Tubular drum
  • Origin Ivory Coast
  • Ethnicity Baule
  • Materials Leather, Wood
  • Measures 144×26 cm
  • Dating 1940-1960

Baule drums purpose, played by specific musicians at the little villages, is to inform the community of the different events, such as a high status individual’s death, the beginning of an important celebration or a visitor’s arrival. They take part in any kind of rituals too. The plenty of carvings at the drum can reflects the owner’s status or rank at the baule’s social order. Often their carvings are coated, even the drums, in beauty substances.

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