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|Collection:||Ethnography - Africa|
|Date:||1875 - 1925|
|Maker:||Hausa - View history|
This fan is obviously a very practical object to own in the tropical climate of West Africa for keeping cool and avoiding flies.Fly whisks, usually made from bundles of animal hair attached to a decorated handle, serve the same purpose as fans. Both are also closely associated with African royalty. The more elaborate and costly ones are held as symbols of royal authority and are carried by kings at ceremonial occasions.
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