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Loom pulley Baule, Baoulé (N° 20263)

Aesthetics of the everyday for the African art of Ivory Coast.
In Ivory Coast,the objects a priori the most ordinary had to answer criteria of aesthetic order. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of the sculptors.
The technique of cotton weaving spread to West Africa thanks to the movements of the Dioulas. Before colonization, textiles made of cotton fiber, the latter described as "white gold", were also used as currency. Prestigious ornaments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chiefs to their graves, among the Kuba, but also among the Baule.
This is a heald pulley stirrup decorated with a janiform sculpted motif. The piece is decorated with geometrical patterns evoking ethnic scarifications. Lustrous brown patina. Ref : "Africa, the hands of the world" J.Anquetil  

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OriginColl. française Morice
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height15
Width6
Weight0.17 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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