Lot: 173

97th Auction

Gong-beater "lowre" or "lawle"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Alfred L. Scheinberg, New York, USA
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
H: 11 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, remains of fabric, cord material, signs of wear, base

With such a mallet, the diviner "komien" strikes an iron gong to waken the nature spirits "asie usu", that are to possess him and lend him the power of prediction during the rites. The steady sound, muffled by a cloth cushion, puts him into a trance state.