Heddle pulley, Baule, Ivory Coast.
Heddle pulley with u-shaped corpus, incised scarifications and classical anthropomorphic face with stylized facial features.
The finely carved pulleys of masks, heads and figures were intended to protect the weaver and help him to guide his cotton thread to produce fine cloth.
Literature: Daniel Mato, "ART OF AFRICA. WEAVER and CARVER".
Wood, blackish brown patina, encrusted in some areas, slightly dam., cracks, paint rubbed off, on wooden base. H: 20 cm - 7.87 inch. W: 7,4 cm - 2,91 inch.
Provenance: Gallery Lemaire, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Price: € 475,- Now: € 375,-