Fly whisk, Teke, Democratic Republic of Congo.
A fine janus-headed Teke prestige fly whisk with animal hair. The top of the handle has a finely carved double sided head with striped scarification marks and a tribe-typical headdress acting as end piece.
Materials: Wood, red copper, rope and animal (probably horse) hair. Condition; glossy patina, evident use and age, it looks like the tail was originally longer and later has been cut off.
Total length approximately: 44 cm - 17.3 inch and 19 cm - 7.48 without the hairs.