Fan

Indian
19th or early 20th century


Object Place: India

Dimensions

18.5 x 37 cm (7 5/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.467

Medium or Technique

Cuscus grass, cotton plain-weave, metal; handle of bamboo

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Heart-shaped fan. Cuscus grass leaf with red cotton at rivet center, bound with bands of grass covered with white, green and red paper; black cotton wound around grass binding and metal spiral with red paper covered grass bound to metal at outer edge. Bamboo handle covered with spiraling red, black and yellow cotton. (Cuscus grass meant to be wet for cool and fragrant fanning.)

Provenance

Oldham Collection; Gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA on June 9, 1976

Credit Line

Oldham Collection