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19 th Century
Size : 10 cm high – 4 ins high
Art proclaimed the authority of the Kongo King's who were sacred . Figures , stools , staffs of office , ivory handles and sceptres , and textiles set the King and his Chiefs apart from commoner's and established their right to rule .
The ritual fly whisk was an attribute of a Chief and was used as a symbol of authority . The smooth creamy patina suggests that this finial was grasped in the hand over a long period of time .
|Height||10.00 cm||(3.94 inches)|