Lot: 12093rd 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||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
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.