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ostrich feather fan
  • Nigeria
  • ostrich feather fan, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • ostrich feathers, leather, wood, string, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 104 x 78 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 15/16 x 30 11/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Suzanne and Verlin Gilbert
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0049

Large fan that has a wooden handle wrapped in leather, a large decorative leather center, and long ostrich feathers extending from the sides. The handle is wrapped in leather that is dyed red and at the end of the handle is a leather flap with a hole in the center. In the center of the fan is a round decorative leather piece. Both sides of the leather center have a decorative pattern. On one side, there is a center circle that is red, with a yellow four-pointed star in the center. Radiating out from that are four lines that are white on the edges and red in the center. In two segments of the center there are four small white pieces arranged in a diamond shape. Around the edges of the center are four shapes, two yellow and two blue, that are semicircular on one side and have three points on the other side. Outside of this center circle is a wide band made up of alternating segments in yellow, red and green.
On the other side of the fan, in the center is a small light brown circle with four red lines radiating from the center. Outside of that there are four white circles with red and yellow lines radiating from the center. In between the white circles are four petal shapes, two that are light brown with a red border and two that are green with a white border. The outermost part of the circle is a wide band of alternating segments in light brown and red.
Attached to the edges of the leather portion of the fan are thick, long ostrich feathers that are mostly white in color, with some dark brown mottling, and some feathers are primarily light brown in color.