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Baule Figural Heddle Pulley Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Figural Heddle Pulley Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Ivory Coast
People Baule
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional information: Heddle pulleys are used in weaving cloth out of native grown cotton and are often sculpted with symbolic imagery.  The cord attaching the pulley to the loom was passed through the holes in the head and would be tied to a crossbar of the loom.  The roller (generally an old thread spool) over which another cord moved up and downwards was held in place between the two legs of the pulley by a small stick pushed through the center hole of the spool from one leg to the other.  The heddle pulley is an integral component for the double-shed loom so common in West Africa where it would open spaces so that the warp (the lengthwise threads) would be separated from the weft threads (horizontal or crossing threads) to allow a shuttle to pass through with the weft threads.