Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology




Fly whisk



Collected by Charles Armine Willis

Loaned to the Museum in 1928

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Fly whisk, Sudan

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

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