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unknown Guro

Kono (Heddle Pulley)

Late 19th century - Early 20th century
Carved, incised, and pierced wood

9 1/2 in. x 3 in. x 2 in. (24.13 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.08 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.72
Other Number(s): 35 (87) (Neufeld Collection Number)
87 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, Valley Regions of the Bandama River
Classification: Tools and Equipment; Textile Working Tools and Equipment; Pulley, Heddle
Culture/Nationality: Guro, Ivorian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carving - The act of shaping, marking, or decorating wood, stone, or another material by cutting or incising, typically using tools such as chisels and other blades. It refers to this process as it is applied to small-scale objects or to objects that are not considered art. "Carving" may also be considered a sculpture technique that is employed in the creation of art.
  • Guro
  • heddle pulleys - Pulleys consisting of a grooved wheel in a frame, held in a frame and used to suspend and move the heddles on a loom. Examples are on African double-heddle looms, where the frames may be elaborately carved.
  • Ivorian - Style and culture of the Ivory Coast.
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • On Selecting: Profiles of Alumnae Donors to the African Art & Artifacts Collection , Jan 25, 2017 – Sep 2, 2017

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996

  • Owner Name: Harold & Florence Rome (1908-1993 & 1910-1987)
    Role: Previous Owner
    Place: New York, New York, US

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 87
  • "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): Record No.: 0069820.
  • Warren M. Robbins, African Art in American Collections/L'art africain dans les collections américaines Praeger. New York, 1966
    Figure Number: 75

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Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "The Met Online Collections Database." The Met Collection. (Accessed April 9, 2020): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980.560.2.
  • Anne M. Spencer, "Art of the Guro, Ivory Coast." African Arts 19, no. 3 (May 1986): 72-73.
  • D. Francine Farr, "West African Heddle Pulleys." African Arts 13, no. 2 (February 1980): 74-75.

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