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African Heddle Pulley, Ivory Coast


An elegant heddle pulley from the Guro tribe of Ivory Coast. The pulley has fine scarification patterns on the face and an elegantly carved hairstyle. Heddle pulleys are used in strip-weaving, a process that uses very small looms to produce long, narrow strips of cloth which are later sewn together to create a larger textile, such as a blanket. The weaver's feet operate the heddles, alternately, during the weaving process. Provenance: Parke-Bernet Gallery, New York. Parke-Bernet was acquired by Sotheby's in 1967. Tribal art is our specialty. We guarantee the authenticity of all our objects.


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    H 6.5 in.

    H 16.51 cm

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