Lot: 187

87th Tribal Art Auction

Big heddle pulley

Sierra Leone, Mende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Roy Stacy, Washington D.C., USA (1970)
H: 18.3 inch 2000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, shiny dark brown patina, in form of a standing fermale figure, the neck carved with rings, high towering coiffure arranged in fanciful plaits, incised tattoos on forehead and cheeks, min. dam., minor missing parts, cracks, abrasion of paint (face, breasts), missing parts through insect caused damage (head), traces of cuts on breasts and stomach


Hart, W. A., Sculptures of the Njayei Society among the Mende, in: African Arts, 26 (Juli 1993), p. 46-53 & 86