Illuminating Objects

WEST AFRICAN LOOM PULLEY

Part of the Illuminating Objects series: 4 June to 12 November 2014


This case study examines a delicately carved object from The Courtauld's small collection of African sculpture.The loom pulley, made by Guro craftsmen in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, is interpreted from an anthropological perspective.



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Acknowledgements
I am very grateful to Prof. Trevor Marchand and Prof. Anna Contadini at SOAS, Dr Michaela Oberhofer and Eberhard Fischer at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and Dr Duncan Clarke for all of their support and help throughout the project, and of course to my friends at the Agotime Weaving Centre in Kpetoe, Ghana, who taught me so much about weaving and what it means to be a craftsperson in West Africa.