Lot 159: A Fine and Historic Baule Fly Whisk handle

A Fine and Historic Baule Fly Whisk handle, Baule; Ivory Coast

The whisk handle with a seated bird atop surrounded by her young, the surface decorated with extremely fine incising in geometric patterns, a central raised band of carved Baule faces with typical features. On a custom base. H. 15 3/4

Property of an East Coast private collector

Ex collection Pearl Primus, New York. Purchased in Africa in 1948.

Pearl Primus was a famous African-American Dancer and Choreographer who pioneered African dance in the USA. She was a close confidante of Langston Hughes and in 1948 studied African dance

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

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