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    Baule (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Heddle pulley with human head
    Wood
    Height: 8-3/4 inches

    Cloth is woven in West Africa by men using a distinctive type of loom. Heddle pulleys are necessary to keep the warp threads separated and allow the shuttle to move back and forth. In many cultures, the pulleys are heavily decorated using geometric patterns, masks, and human head finials.

    This piece features a large human head with a concave face and high coiffure decorated by incised pattern typical of the Baule aesthetic. The face and neck are decorated by elaborate scarification along the forehead, neck, and cheeks. An exceptional well-carved example in classic Baule style. The large size gives the piece a particularly effective display presence.

    The piece is missing its 'wheel' and has thin vertical cracks indicating wear on the legs.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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