Antique Hamsa Heddle Pulley, Burma/Myanmar (11298A-WCK) SPECIAL PRICE

Original price was: $195.00.Current price is: $150.00.

H: 10.5”  W: 3.25”  D: 2.375” | FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. !

This elegant heddle-pulley carved from a single piece of Burmese teak is topped by a hamsa, a goose-like bird  and a  sacred Buddhist symbol of wisdom mentioned in  the Jakata tales about the life of the Buddha. It is believed that auspicious symbolic animal images protected the weaver, assured quality weaving, and pleased the gods and spirits. This antique piece is wonderfully weathered from time and use.


Burmese carvings are known for fine craftsmanship, masterful decoration, and functional items including carved heddle pulleys used in strip-weaving. Used in pairs at the top of the loom, heddle pulleys are functional and aesthetic and usually were decorated with auspicious images symbolizing figures or animals that protected the weaver, assured good quality weaving, and pleased the gods and spirits, an ideology from Burma’s past of animism and shamanism. This one portrays a hamsa, frequently used in Burmese  sacred and functional folk art items. The hamsa is a  sacred Buddhist symbol of wisdom and appears in the Jakata tales about the life of the Buddha, and is the Hindu god Brahma’s vahana. A hamsa, (aka hintha) is a mythical Burmese Buddhist goose or swan that can separate milk from water symbolizing wisdom and the ability to discriminate between right and wrong in Buddhism. With deeply cut wings and well-articulated feathers, it has an unusually long tail curving to the top of its head. It stands atop two connected heart-shaped panels hiding the moving thimble between them that provide a more artistic feel. Using teak wood with high oil content makes carvings last longer and is also is less likely to crack.This piece is in very good condition, is wonderfully weathered, with a fine patina covering its originally painted surface.  Although there are many contemporary heddle pulleys, authentic used ones are increasingly difficult to find.

Click here for the blog Burmese Heddle Pulleys: Functional and Aesthetic Weaving Tools 

Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique (1200-1920)


Early 20th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

H: 7.75” W: 3.25” D: 1.25 On stand H: 10.5” W: 3.25 D: 2.375”

Dimensions (metric)

H: 19.685cm W: 8.255cm D: 3.175 On stand: H: 25.527cm D: 6.032cm


8 oz


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

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