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Fly Whisk

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Palm fiber
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period (probably)
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 x 17 11/16 in. (2 x 45 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.273E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fly-whisk made of date fibers. The piece is made from a cluster of long fibers which are doubled in half and then bound 2 1/4 cm. from the folded end with a date fiber whipping c. 12 1/2 cm. in length 4 cm. below the whipping is another whipping c. 2cm. in length. The length of the fibers used as the whisk is 23 cm., the overall length c. 45 cm. Condition: Very dry and brittle, grey-brown in color. The whippings are still intact and in good condition.
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