Jimini Heddle Pulley - Côte d'Ivoire

Shifting impressions of lightness and mass characterize this lovely pulley, which is fronted by an imposing, horned mask. Viewed in the round the piece reveals a continual and dramatic change of silhouette, elements thinning and widening in balanced simultaneity. An echoing bow shape runs through the entire composition – from the horns that top the mask to the structural, neck-like arch to the spread of the pulley's sides, which suggest massive legs. The patina is dark and quite glossy, adding to the considerable power of this small sculpture.

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 advantage of this type of loom is that it is highly portable and easy to assemble. Heddles are always used in pairs. They are tied together by a string that runs through a pulley situated above the loom. The weaver's feet operate the heddles, alternately, during the weaving process.

Ex Private NY collection
Early 20th century
H 6.5" W 2.5"
Ex private US collection
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