West African Guro Peoples Carved Wooden Loom Heddle Pulley

A West African Guro Peoples Carved Wooden Loom Heddle Pulley
Holes to the Top of the Head for Attachment to Loom
Old smooth dark rich crusted patina
19th Century – Early 20th Century
Size: 15cm high, 5.5cm wide, 6cm deep - 6 ins high, 2 ins wide, 2¼ ins deep / 17.5cm high - 7 ins high (with base)
The Guro people live surrounded by forest and savannah near the Baule and Yaure who live to the west. They were originally called Kweni, but the invading French gave them the Baule name of Guro during their colonisation of the Cí´te d’Ivoire between 1906 and 1912.
The pulley from which the double heddles of the men’s horizontal weaving loom are suspended has provided the local sculptor’s with the opportunity of creating these works of art that depict human heads or faces. Continual handling and usage by the textile weaver gives the heddle pulley its rich patina.

West African Guro Peoples Carved Wooden Loom Heddle Pulley

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