Lot: 17798th Auction
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)