Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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eland tail dance whisk
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • eland tail dance whisk, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • eland hide
  • Object Length/Width: 82 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: 32 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0260

This is the tail of an eland. The portion with short, light hair is twisted lengthwise and the dark tassel of hair is left at the free end. There are two small holes drilled through the proximal end of the tail.

This was intended to be used in dances.