The Baule descend from the Akan peoples who inhabit Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Three hundred years ago the Baule people migrated westward from Ghana when the Asante rose to power. The Baule now reside at the centre of the Ivory Coast and possess one of the most diversified of arts. They employ different media, including wooden sculpture, gold and brass casting similar to their Asante ancestors, and mask and figure carvings. An art that is so varied that one might imagine some works to originate from different cultures: what is there in common between a flat mask-disc and an idealised face mask which nevertheless come from a single ceremony? Or between a glazed statuette of a man or woman, and a monkey figure with the head of a dog, coated in coagulated blood?Their art encompasses every form of creation: not only masks and statuettes, but also sculpted doors, decorated divination boxes, gold jewels. Often the works that appear to be the most humble reveal themselves to be the most forceful aesthetically.