Fly whisk - ROM2013_13710_2

ROM2013_13710_2

Fly whisk

Medium:Wicker work end wound with copper ribbon
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo (Belgian Congo)
Date: late 19th century
Dimensions:
82.5 cm
Object number: HA462
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. I.W. Lesslie; The Dr. Rolph Lesslie Collection
Not on view
DescriptionAfrican leaders, from village headmen to the rulers of large centralized states, were often associated with objects that clearly defined and enhanced their secular and spiritual powers. The fly whisks were employed on state occasions. They are political power expressed in physical form. Such objects continue to be symbols of authority in many African societies, where they are widely used by elders, chiefs, kings, and presidents.
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