|Collection||African Art Collection|
|Other Name||Heddle Pulley|
African Heddle pulley, from the Ivory Coast.. Appears as an inverted letter "Y." A weaving tool. Two holes 1 inch from each of the pulley's legs in which the rod and bobbin to hold the thread is missing. Handle is carved into a human head that has a hole behind the ears, braided hair, and scarification on the cheeks and neck. There is also an X incised on the back of the neck.
Has felt on bottom.
Heddle pulleys are believed to have originated from the Guro, Baule and Senufo peoples of the Ivory Coast, West Africa. They are usually associated with the horizontal treadle loom. The heddle pulley is connected by a cord to the horizontal post above the loom to a series of components below. When the weaver depresses the foot pedals alternatively the bobbin or wheel on the pulley rotates to raise and lower the warp (threads) during the weaving process. Pulleys, an inverted letter "Y," are mostly made out of wood and are passed down from one weaver to another. Usually plain in decoration aside from their abstract and geometric formed heads. Bird heads are common on pulleys made by the Senufo while carved human heads decorate the pulleys made by the Guro and Baule. Today, the Senufo appear to be the last to keep alive the traditional use of the heddle pulleys.
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