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unknown Baulé
Baulé Primary

Lawle (Gong Beater)

19th century - 20th century
Carved and incised wood with string and textile

10 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. (26.67 cm x 8.26 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Feurer Plass, Class of 1917

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.6.20
Other Number(s): P37 (Plass Number)
Geography: Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Musical Instruments & Sound-making Implements
Culture/Nationality: BauleBaulé, Ivorian, West African, African
Collection: Plass Collection
From the Cote d'Ivoire, this Baule Gong Beater, also known as a Lawle, is a sacred object used in divination ceremonies. People who serve as spiritual mediums, or Komien, use the Lawle on gongs in order to initiate communication with the spiritual realm. Lawle tend to be more ornate than other gong strikers, named Kokowa, which are used for utilitarian purposes.

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