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Arms & Armour, Pre-Columbian, Asian and Ethno

Finely Carved Female Bete Heddle Pulley

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Start price: $200

Estimated price: $400 - $600

Buyer's premium: 25%

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Heavily detailed female figure with scarification covering her exposed body, with large breasts and protruding belly button. Known for finely woven fabrics this pulley would be used on a traditional narrow-band loom. The heddle pulley was used to ease the movements of the heddles while separating the warp threads and allowing the shuttle to seamlessly pass through the layers of thread. Scholars have suggested having such intricately carved prominently displayed on their looms would allow passers by to see their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. Size 10 1/4" H included on custom stand.

Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.. Family collection of an esteemed diplomat and ambassador amassed during travel and work circa 1960-1990s in the medical field providing charitable advanced medical care throughout the African continent and internationally.

Condition: As-is condition mounted to custom stand with wear commensurate with age.