Figurative heddle pulley Konantre - Baule - Ivory Coast - SOLD

Traditional weaving at the Baoulé

Weaving and African art among the Baoulé. The weaving of cotton fibers in Ivory Coast is traditionally reserved for humans. Among the Agni and Abron, heirs of the ancient Ashanti kingdom, but also among the Baoulé and Gouro, the woven loincloth (kenté) is part of a court art. The loom and the carved pulleys also belong to a consummate art.

These serve to support the coil that circulates the wire connecting the two lices. In this way, the weaver can alternately lift each half of the weft under which the shuttle passes. This significant sculpture, reserved for families who could own it, was facing the weaver scrutinizing, so to speak, the quality of the work in progress.

Visible presence and occult manifestation at the same time, protective, supporting a work of quality that is carried out meticulously over time. These gradually standardized objects, whose use was not specifically ritual, were made by experienced artists in specialized villages that attracted buyers from far away. It is no longer a regional art, but forms of objects that spread among Mande, Senufo, Akan.

Origin : private collection V. Briard, FranceDating : 1940'sSize : 21 x 6 cmMaterial : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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