Collection

Pair of Heddle Pulleys with Masculine Features

Pair of Heddle Pulleys with Masculine Features

Bamum (Bamun), Cameroon.
Early 20th Century,
Wood, Braided Vegetable Fiber, Ht. 12½" each.

These ornamental heddle pulleys are carved for public display and are not typically meant for ritual use, but rather are enhanced riggings for holding ‘bobbins’ of yarn on a loom. They are seen as functional, utilitarian tools made to support a pair of heddle rods, which allow for the rapid ‘shed-changing” that is a mechanism of the West African double-heddle loom weaving found across the region.

They are carved with human or animal forms and then are suspended by the heads from the loom framework. Though these are unidentified, they are most likely masculine, due to the single protrusion from their upper bodies, representing an adam's apple.

Throwing Club Rangu

Throwing Club (Rangu)

Maasai, Kenya

Wood Mask

Wood Mask

Punu, Gabon

Pair of Heddle Pulleys

Pair of Heddle Pulleys

Bamun, Cameroon

Face Mask with Braided Headdress

Face Mask w/Braided Headdress

Dan, Ivory Coast

Paddle Figures

Paddle Figures

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Sande Helmet Mask

Sande Helmet Mask

Bassa, Liberia

Hornbill with Figures

Hornbill with Figures

Baga, Guinea

Face Mask with Hinged Jaw

Face Mask with Hinged Jaw

Ibo (Igbo), Nigeria

Eket Face Mask

Eket Face Mask

Ibibio, Nigeria

Kifwebe Mask

Kifwebe Mask

Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Baboon Mask

“Baboon” Mask

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Face Mask

Face Mask

Fang, Gabon

Sun Mask

Sun Mask

Bwa, Burkina Faso

Large Animal Helmet Mask

Large Animal Helmet Mask

Bobo, Mali