- Label Text
- In use on a narrow strip loom, this pulley was both functional and aesthetic. It eased the movements of the heddles in separating the warp threads to allow the shuttle carrying the weft thread to pass through.
- Senufo pulleys often feature a stylized hornbill bird. The hornbill is one of the animals the Senufo associate with the creation of the world. In addition to its size and striking appearance, the bird's natural habit of forming pairs and showing devotion while hatching eggs and raising young birds make it a suitable metaphor for proper human behavior.
- Heddle pulley in the shape of an abstract hornbill bird head on a flat body with groupings of incised parallel lines on the sides and the body. Hole pierced through the neck with two twisted cords or strings looped through and through the "legs" to allow for insertion of the heddle.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Senufo artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Harold Rome
- Wood, pigment, plant fiber
- H x W x D: 17.7 x 8.1 x 5.0 cm (6 15/16 x 3 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.)