Fly whisk - ROM2013_13710_1


Fly whisk

Maker: Unidentified maker
Medium:Copper, wicker, fibre
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date: Collected 1884-1886
81.3 cm
Object number: HA461
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. I.W. Lesslie; The Dr. Rolph Lesslie Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific

Although clearly functional, fly whisks were also public symbols of the prominent position of certain individuals. Used by rulers, chiefs and diviners, fly whisks were inherited and transferred as insignia of office – as visible statements of the superior political, moral or spiritual power of the owner.

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