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Handle of a Fly Whisk

Object Name:
Fly whisk handle
18th century
Made in India
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)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," December 17, 1989–March 11, 1990, no. 159.

Toledo, OH. Toledo Museum of Art. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," April 28, 1990–June 24, 1990, no. 159.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Romance of the Taj Mahal," August 23, 1990–November 25, 1990, no. 159.

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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