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Heddle Pulley with Hornbill Motif

Accession Number
1971/2.40

Title
Heddle Pulley with Hornbill Motif

Artist(s)
Senufo

Artist Nationality
Senufo (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1900-1971

Medium & Support
carved wood and patination

Dimensions
6 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 in (17.1 cm x 6.4 cm x 5 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
Carved with great sensitivity to surface beauty, this heddle pulley attests to the Senufo genius for impeccably designed and executed sculptural forms. Even small, ordinary objects are carefully crafted. This heddle pulley is in the form of a hornbill, one of the five primordial creatures. The other four are the chameleon, tortoise, serpent, and crocodile. Known by the Senufo as the diety Setien, the hornbill was, according to legend, the first animal killed by the Senufo for food. Its spring migrations heralded the commencement of the planting season. The heddle pulley is a functional object used in the weaving of cloth. The pulley through which the weaving string was passed has been lost on this example; only the holder remains.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
carving

Collection Area
African

Rights
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Keywords
Birds
Objects We Use
carvings (visual works)
motifs
pulleys
woodwork

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