Caliper Pulley Gouro - Wood - GOURO - Ivory Coast

Caliper Pulley Gouro - Wood - GOURO - Ivory Coast
1st half 20th century - Excellent

Guro Pulley Stirrup published in the collection book of the gallery.

African pulley in wood with a woman’s head on the top, with a big braided ponytail carved on the side of the head.
The elongated face is carved with almond-eyes and a long nose topping a slit mouth. The pulley is in an arched form and has a diamond motif engraved on the centre. Mounted on a custom-made stand.

The Guro are close neighbours of the Baule people, and they have probably developed pulleys with figurative magnifying holes, thanks to them.
Both are famous weavers and are renowned for their fine cotton textiles in indigo and white.
Used for traditional looms with a narrow-band, pulleys with heddles are functional objects, used to facilitate the movements of the heddles, while separating the warp threads and enabling the shuttle to pass through the layers of thread, without sowing.
Like many other carved objects of tribal art, the latter were used in daily activities among the Guro and the Baule, these pulleys were often embellished for the pleasure of the weaver, although these can also have a spiritual dimension, since these pieces protect the weaver against any damage, during the process of creation.
The Guro are established in Ivory Coast.

Lot details
Caliper Pulley Gouro
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Ivory Coast
1st half 20th century
Sold with stand
17×0×0 cm
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