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Gold leaf covered Fly Whisk (nandwa blawa) - BAULE - Ivory Coast

Lot reference 803075
Gold leaf covered Fly Whisk (nandwa blawa) - BAULE - Ivory Coast

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19th century - Good condition

Reserved for the Baule chief, Ivory coast.
"Cast gold ornaments exhibiting imagery, enhanced the prestige of those who wore them."
The elephant is a royal beast and anyone who killed one had to surrender its tail, tusks and ears to the King.

The elephant crowning the whisk’s handle symbolizes political solidity and strength, while the gold leaf that covers the handle is a metal for leaders. In the 18th century, the Baule queen Abla Poku led her people away from the centralized kingdom of the Asante in Ghana, into present-day central Côte d’Ivoire. Although the Baule became less politically centralized, their arts continued to convey ideas of political power. Fly whisks are held in the right hand, but rested, when not in use, on the left shoulder.
H: 30 cm wood - 50 cm with hair.

Materials: Wood, gold leaf, fibers, rope, red textile, horse hair.
Condition: parts of the gold disappeared, traces of usage.

Can be viewed or picked up, if so desired, at David Norden's Shop in Antwerp.
Sold with a written description of the tribe.

Free delivery. Sent by insured and registered mail with Track & Trace. May also be picked up at David Norden's in Antwerp, by arrangement only.

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Feedback score: 98.9%
Reviews given: 95
Member since: July 1, 2014
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    Belle représentation Baule, peu courante avec belle patine/Agréable.
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    lovviere April 18, 2018

  • Objet sympathique, ancien et … dégageant une odeur à vous faire tousser. Merci pour l'envoi rapide et le très bon contact.

    Rochettaz April 16, 2018

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    Excellent Seller. Very good transaction. Highly recommended A+++++++++++
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    Metallicapimp April 10, 2018

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    Superbe!!!
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    tatiefraise007 April 9, 2018

  • Excellent seller, transaction went perfect as always. Highly recommended!

    alexander2404 March 4, 2018

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