Old Saharan Africa Deep Well Pulley Decor
This object may appear odd at first glance, but it is actually a pulley used for deep wells in the Sahara Desert. Saharan wells can be as deep as 80 meters to 250 meters, depending on the location. Because of this, it requires a long rope and a large bucket. The buckets are lowered to the bottom of the well and either pulled to the top with the efforts of multiple people, or attached to an animal. Over many years the rope creates friction on the pulleys, slowly digging deeper into the wood, creating beautiful grooves. Once the grooves become too deep, they must discard the pulley because it becomes too thin, which runs the risk of cracking from the weight of the bucket. Instead of discarding them, they are purchased as works of authentic art. Each pulley is unique in shape and wear and is one of a kind. Some with large amounts of patina on the ends from where it was carried and held.
This pulley measures: 3.5" x 5.75" (9.5cm x 14.6cm)