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Fly Whisk - Hair (animal), Wood - Yaka - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Fly Whisk – Hair (animal), Wood – Yaka – DR Congo


Object:Fly whisk
Ethnic group / culture:Suku
Region/ country:DR Congo
Material:Wood, Hair (animal)
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:45x5x4 cm
Weight:200 g

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Fly whisks in Africa served two functions, the first being used to prevent insects from alighting on people or food. They were also part of a leader or chief’s regalia, a symbol of power and authority that would accompany the chief during most of his official duties. Heads, figures, beadwork or other decoration on the handle would enhance the prestige of the object which served as a mark of social status. The hair would come from different animals depending on the region and tribal customs.
Good condition with traces of wear.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.