Heddle pulley

African, Baule peoples, Cote d'Ivoire
mid-20th century


Dimensions

Overall: 17.1 x 6.4 x 7.3 cm (6 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5365

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

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.

Provenance

About 1968, acquired in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta), by Drs. Eli and Carolyn Newberger, Brookline; 2009, year-end gift of Eli and Carolyn Newberger to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Eli and Carolyn Newberger