Made in Mozambique, South-East Africa, it is a superb example of Makonde art/sculpture. Each of the heads features bulging eyes, flared noses, and grimacing mouths with varying numbers of teeth. They are believed to contain powerful energy, of a black magic variety, which can be directed, in a similar way to Voudon and witchcraft practices.
The Baule belong to the Akan peoples who inhabit Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. In order to cross the river, she sacrificed her own son. Now about one million Baule occupy a part of the eastern Côte d'Ivoire between the Komoé and Bandama rivers that is both forest and savanna land.