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: 68 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 26 3/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0261

This is a twisted tail hide of an eland. The lighter, short haired portion is loosely twisted, leaving the dark tassel of longer hair free.

It was intended to be used in dances or ceremonies.