This handle of a fly-whisk, used to disturb flies, is made of nephrite and inlaid and inset with gold and rubies. Lotus leaves are carved into both ends and a small bud at the bottom of the handle is made of stone and outlined in gold. Fly-whisks like this one appear in Mughal paintings, including several in the Museum’s collection.
Private collection(until 1970; gifted to MMA)
Pal, Pratapaditya. Romance of the Taj Mahal. London; Los Angeles: Thames and Hudson, 1989-1991. no. 159, p. 151, ill. fig. 159 (b/w).
Date: late 17th–early 18th centuryMedium: Container: gold; pierced, repoussé, with cast legs and finials
Goa stone: compound of organic and inorganic materialsAccession: 2004.244a–dOn view in:Gallery 463