Baule doors share the careful execution characteristic of other Baule
sculpture. Unlike most of the Baule masks and figures, however, the doors
were not secret and were always on view. The elegant low reliefs depict
figures, heads, crocodiles, birds, objects and abstract patterns with precision
and balanced asymmetry, permanent displays of Baule artistic skill. Often
used as doors to inner rooms, they do not show the wear of exposure to the
This door, with its intertwined crocodile motif, is flat and could be wired to hang on a wall, mounted on another door or mounted as a freestanding sculpture.
This door shows no evidernce of age or use and was probably made for sale.