University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF1574
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Baluba
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Cowrie Shell
Hair
Plant Fiber
Glass
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number1527 - Other Number

Description

Ceremonial. An antelope's tail in a basketwork handle decorated with vertical bands of red and white glass trade beads,and the top of handle is decorated with vertical rows of cowrie shells. Such whisks are carried by chiefs and spokesmen or orators. Hair bursh, handle ornamented with cowries and red and white glass beads.


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