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Handle of a Fly Whisk

Object Name:
Fly whisk handle
18th century
Nephrite; inlaid with gold, inset with rubies
12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1971
Accession Number:
Not on view
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).

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