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    Group of three (described from left to right):

    Guru (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Heddle pulley with human head finial
    Wood

    Senufo (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Heddle pulley with mask finial
    Wood and metal
    Height: 8-1/2 inches (largest of three)

    Senufo (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Heddle pulley with human head finial
    Wood

    Heddle pulleys are used widely across West Africa by men in the process of weaving strip cloth. Carved pulleys were highly prized prestige objects.

    The left pulley is topped with a human head with an incised coiffure. The face is balanced and slightly concave ending in a delicate oval mouth.

    The middle piece is representative of a bush spirit mask. It has the horns of a buffalo and the jaws of a crocodile. A decorative metal tack has been inserted between the eyes.

    The right pulley is highly decorated on the body as well as featuring a human head on the top. The head features traditional Senufo motifs including the high crested hairstyle and facial scarification.

    All three pieces are finished with a dark patina and show signs of wear. The Guro pulley on the left is missing the 'wheel.' There is usage wear on the legs of the pulley and a vertical crack on the body. The central and right pulleys have their 'wheels' intact and have minor wear on the interior of the legs.


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    May, 2014
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