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Burmese Loom Pulleys with Peacock Carvings

Burmese Loom Pulleys with Peacock Carvings


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1980: Item # 860292

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A pair of pulleys that were used on a hand loom in Burma show the Burmese love for exuberant decorative elements on objects for everyday use. The tall carved peacocks are larger than the pulleys, and may have been just one of a number of such decorations on a woman’s loom. Simple household objects are traditionally well made and attractive in Burma, where no lines are drawn between fine arts and folk or applied arts. The peacock, emblem of the Kon-baung Dynasty (1752-1885), remains a favorite decorative icon. Loom pulleys, often surmounted with figural forms, were made of both wood and metal. This pair, carved of kyun, or Burmese teak wood, a durable, dense hardwood, is from the mid to late 20th century and in excellent condition. The pulleys were used to suspend the loom heddles, raising half the warp threads alternately. (See a similar, if older, wood pulley in “Burmese Art” by John Lowry, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1974, illustration 50.) Dimensions: height 10” (26 cm), width 1 ½” (4 cm), depth 2 ½” (6 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM