Lot 235: A Fine Mbala fly whisk handle

A Fine Mbala fly whisk handle, Mbala; D.R. Congo

The fine narrow handle with finial in the form of a female figure with crested coif, the face with tight and finely carved features, the body stylized with swelling areas indicating breasts and hips, scarification markings; below the figure the remains of a band of feathers. The body pierced, perhaps to once hold a cord. Lovely example. H. 10 3/4"

Property from a New York Estate

Alfred Schienberg, 1971, The Gallery of African Art. NY


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