The handle of this important, regal flywhisk shows a lively, young, kneeling female with emphasized breasts and feet, in the manner of
a supplicant devotee of the Shango cult or of a woman who is a messenger of the spirits. The hardwood handle has acquired a superb, glossy, honey-brown patina from much use; the long leather strips are elegant and well-preserved, and are attached to the wooden handle by means of braided strapping to add strength and effectiveness to the functionality of the whisk. Total length is 28.50", and the figurative handle is 7" H. Very early 20th C. From the Oro region (Igbomina), Nigeria. In very fine condition - no losses, just old, very slight, now stable 'checking' of the wooden handle. Custom steel mount. A wonderful, majestic example.
Provenance: Eric Robertson, NYC, late 1980's, Fritz and Lucille Wallace, FL, to present.