About this object

The heddle pulley is a crucial device that allows the alternate play of the two heddles through which the warp threads of the loom are threaded. A Baule weaver uses foot pedals to operate the heddles. With each stroke a heddle picks up or pulls down the set of warp threads threaded through it. This creates a shed, or space between sets of warp threads, through which the weaver horizontally passes the shuttle with the weft thread on it.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Skin Animal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Sotherby and Co. 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    207 mm x 77 mm x 59 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 3. Heddle Pulley (Baule). Lot 27. Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street., London W.1. Purchase. (Sale of 9th May).
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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