Courtier's fan

Japanese
about 1850–60


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

30 cm (11 13/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 30.0 x 44.0 cm

Accession Number

1976.427

Medium or Technique

Paper; on wood

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Painted paper leaf. Obverse: figures in Imperial court costumes, child on hobby-horse left, man with scroll or fan center, woman with sword (?) over shoulder right; gold background (symbolizing sunlight). Reverse: two cranes in flight; silver background (symbolizing moonlight). Red laquered sticks with indentured guards to give fan partially open appearance; carved cat’s eye (Nekomé) design on guards (symbolizes changing time).

Provenance

Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection