Senufo Heddle Pulley

A deeply patinated pulley depicting an avian figure with anthropomorphic characteristics, dominated by an elongated, overhanging head with gracefully curved beak. The concavity of the figure’s reverse side contrasts strongly with the obverse, from which projects a prominent, round belly. With weighty proportions, the sculptural mass transmitted by this piece far transcends its modest physical size.

Heddle pulleys are used in strip weaving, a process that uses very small looms to produce long, narrow strips of cloth that are later sewn together to create a larger textile, such as a blanket. The pulley is located at the very top of the loom and guides the weaver’s thread.

Ivory Coast

Early 20th century
Wood
H 6.75” W 4”
Ex Noble Endicott, New York
#464
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