Lot: 177

98th Auction

Fly whisk

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
L: ca. 38.2 inch (with horse tail) sold

wood, gold foil, fabric, horse-tail, base

Covered with gold foil, these fly whisks are part of the regalia of chiefs and dignitaries and are presented on public occasions as a sign of rank and status.

As part of the sacred family heritage "aja", they are displayed in honour of the deceased during funeral ceremonies.

Vogel, Susan Mullin, Baule, African Art - Western Eyes, New York 1997, p. 195 (AHDRC 0149365)