Lot: 120

93rd Tribal Art Auction

Fly whisk "nandwa blawa"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Dieter Schaffner, Groß-Gerau, Germany H: 47.2 inch sold

wood, gold foil, cloth, animal hair (horse-tail),
Fly-whisks are part of the regalia of chiefs and notables, and are set in front of them on public occasions serving as a sign of rank and status. As vital component of the "aja" (sacred family inheritance) they were crucial items in funerary displays honoring recently deceased elders.

Ross, Doran H., Gold of the Akan from the Glassell Collection, Houston 2002, p. 235 ff.