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    GURO, Ivory Coast
    Heddle Pulley

    Wood

    This Guro heddle pulley still has its roller for the passage of warp threads to the weaver; in this case, a wood spool has been recycled from a spool of European commercial thread, as is quite common on older Guro and Baule heddle pulleys. A central groove carved into the spool helped keep the warp threads in line.

    Like Baule heddle pulleys, those of the Guro are secular objects valued by their owners but without ritual significance. The weaver determines the image on the pulley, by which it is secured to the loom frame, facing him. Human female heads with refined, calm expressions, elaborate hairstyles, or combinations of hairstyles and animal horns are often seen, and lustrous black surfaces are common.

    Provenance:
    From the Estate of Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg

    Read more about the Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg Collection here.


    Sotheby's, African and Oceanic Art, November 19, 1999, lot 70
    Ex-collection: Dr. and Mrs. Milton Arno Leof, Mexico City

    Height: 7 ½ inches


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