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woven fan
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • woven fan, 1980
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • plant fiber, string, wood, leather, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 47 x 21 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.037

Rectangular, flexible fan made from long thin strips of wood or stiff plant fiber woven with dyed strings and attached to a thin wooden handle wrapped in purple dyed leather with two strips of leather at the bottom. The outer edge of the fan is also wrapped in a thin strip of dyed purple leather. The decoration of the fan is rectangular blocks of color in yellow, black, white, green, red, and blue, with a wide band in the center of smaller blocks of color. The long edge of the fan is covered in tufts of string in the same color and on one side of the fan there are large tufts of string, also in the same colors.
Used by spinning it by the handle, not waving it back and forth.