Featuring many one-of-a-kind crafts, household and decorative objects. Items found in our store are produced exclusively for the Museum by artisans and craftspeople and imported directly from Africa.
Your purchase at our store supports local African artisans and museum programs.
Large Baule Plate
The traditional incised designs are cut into the partially dried body of the pot with a narrow blade. After drying in the sun, the plates are slow-fired all night in a kiln. Then they are subjected to a quick firing on the ground, which gives it its color. They are then immersed in a mixture of water and highly resinous tree bark that gives a shiny surface that is somewhat water resistant.