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Heddle Pulley (Bo Nun Amuin mask)

Overall: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)
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This heddle pulley depicts a fearsome Bo Nun Amuin mask that recalls nature spirits.


The heddle pulley, a working element of a narrow-band loom, bears a miniature sculpture. Heddle pulleys support and separate threads during weaving. Mounted above the weaver, the pulleys allow him to glance up at an object of inspiring beauty, rather than pure functionality. This pulley depicts a face mask, a secular usage of a typically sacred mask type.
Heddle Pulley (Bo Nun Amuin mask)

Heddle Pulley (Bo Nun Amuin mask)


Africa, West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Baule-style carver

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