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|Guro, Côte d'Ivoire|
Figurative or adorned heddle pulleys are used by weavers to run thread, twine, and other material in the making of clothing and textiles. Throughout West African weaving societies, particularly in the Ivory Coast, they have historically had a spiritual function as well as often possessing a sophisticated, attractive aesthetic which connects the weaver to a higher spirit power or makes a connection with the ancestors. This finely carved piece has an elongated “Gu” spirit style face, while at the same time offering characteristics of traditional Guro/Baule features. The features of finely incised scarification and neck rings, and elaborate hair carving make the pulley even more advanced for its style.
Figures with this level of abstraction are often referenced when discussing the origins of modern abstract art movements such as cubism and expressionism; even on small functional objects, the Guro were known for fine, detailed carving and the creation of expressive, often abstract forms.
|Lot ID: 144|
|Low Estimate: $1,500|
|High Estimate: $3,600|
|Next Bid: $800|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 7'' (17.78 cm) height x 2'' (width)|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Other|
|About the Guro Tribe:|
The Guro tribe was originally known as the "Kweni", but they were brutally colonized by invading French colonials they were weakened. Thereafter, the dominant Baule people of the region subsequently named them the Guro Tribe.
As was noted in a publication (not referenced) by The University of Virginia (Lois Woods Museum), “the Guro peoples are governed and regulated by a council of elders, and each main family has representation on the council. Farmers inhabiting the central Ivory Coast to the west of the Baule, with whom they have certain stylistic and cultural affinities. The Guro came from the north six or seven centuries ago: they speak a Mende language. The name "Guro" was given to them by the Baule; they call themselves Kwe or Koueni.
|Provenance: Ex. James Willis, US (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included with purchase)|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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