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Fly-whisk, Baule people, Ivory Coast
14.5" tall
wood, cloth, animal hair, traces of gold leaf
mid 20th century
ex private collection, CA


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. The motifs on the handles are set motifs intended to emphasize the owner's prestige
and power. This example is carved with intricate geometric designs and was originally covered in gold leaf which
was previously removed and only traces remain.