This ostrich-feather object was used for whisking away flies. It
belonged to a Nuer prophet called Car Koryom. Neither fly whisks
nor ostrich feathers were common amongst the Nuer, so the whisk
may be seen as a high-status object reflecting the prophet’s
importance in Nuer society. Car was arrested by the British administration
in 1928. Although he made a daring escape, he was forced to leave
behind his flywhisk, headdress, and ceremonial staff.
View database record 1928.67.2