Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wand or fly whisk
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • wand or fly whisk, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • buffalo hide
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 65 x 33 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 9/16 x 13 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5941

Tail from a buffalo. The skin portion is opened to a triangle shape with short brown fur intact. Long tassel of dark hair at end.

Intended to be used during ceremonial dances.