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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1989A190
Collection:Ethnography - Africa
Date:1875 - 1925

Maker Information

Maker:Hausa - View history


This fan is obviously a very practical object to own in the tropical climate of West Africa for keeping cool and avoiding flies.Fly whisks, usually made from bundles of animal hair attached to a decorated handle, serve the same purpose as fans. Both are also closely associated with African royalty. The more elaborate and costly ones are held as symbols of royal authority and are carried by kings at ceremonial occasions.

Presented by Tamworth Castle Museum.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:Nigeria