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Collection World Cultures, Africa
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Africa) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Baldwin, George William
EventsBenin Expedition, 1897

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Object ID AAA2817
Description A circular shape fan made of cow hide with the brown and white hair left on. The decoration is made of red woollen trade cloth sewn on with hide thongs. The fan has a wooden hide-covered handle with carving at one end. The fan acquired during the Benin expedition of 1897 by Engineer Rear-Admiral G.W. Baldwin (1871-1955). A similar fan with a Benin expedition provenance is shown in 'The Illustrated London News' 10 April 1897, and was given to the Horniman Museum. There are other examples in the Fowler Museum, UCLA and The British Museum.
Date made 1897

Place made West Africa
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; wool; cow hide
Measurements Overall: 435 mm x 280 mm x 30 mm
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