Heddle pulley, Bete, Ivory Coast.
Heddle pulley with u-shaped corpus, crowned by a human head with a long neck and cheek scarification marks. 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.
Wood, shiny brown patina, bobbin and crossbar missing, min. dam., fissures, evident use and age, on metal plate.
Literature: Daniel Mato, "ART OF AFRICA. WEAVER and CARVER".
H: 21 cm - 8.3 inches.
Provenance: Lucas Ratton, Paris, France.
Price: € 850,- Now: € 675,-