Bell Mallet (Lawle)

Wood, cotton | 27.9cm | Early 20th century

Unknown Artist

Handheld P-shaped wood beaters like this, known as lawre waka or lawle, are used in the Ivory Coast by diviners (komien) to strike a flat, flanged iron bell whose steady beat helps to induce and maintain a trance state. The entranced speaks with the ...
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