Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fly whisk handle
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • fly whisk handle, late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 x 6.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0904

This handle has a human face on either side with large bat-like ears. There is a loop on the end opposite the head, and the shaft is decorated with zigzags and lines.