Courtier's fan (Komori)

Japanese
about 1850


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.426

Medium or Technique

Painted paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Painted paper leaf. Obverse: figures in Imperial Court costumes under tree; gold background (symbolizing sunlight). Reverse: 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