- 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.
- Flat bodied heddle pulley topped by a representation of a hornbill bird head. Local repair with three iron "nails" attach the proper left leg and shoulder to the body of the heddle pulley.
- Harry and Freda Schaeffer, Larchmont, New York, -- to 1974
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Senufo artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Harry and Freda Schaeffer
- Wood, iron
- H x W x D: 17.1 x 7 x 5.7 cm (6 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in.)