Heddle pulley

Senufo peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire


Overall: 20 x 6.8 x 10.5 cm (7 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Decorative arts

Heddle pulleys, found across a wide area of West Africa, hold the double heddles of the horizontal looms. They consist of two pieces: the spool (often lost), and the u-shaped part that supports it, which the carver embellishes with elegant heads, masks, animal forms, and abstract motifs.


label inside PL leg, white with ink writing: "NO. 28- Senufo Pulley Ivory Coast"


1982, acquired in Paris by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart