Feather brisé fan

Feather brisé fan with feathers mounted on blades and a peacock tail feather "eye" on top of each white feather. The obverse side has a central medallion with a painted scene of man holding two rigid fans (pien mien) while a woman stands beside him. The medallion is surrounded by blue, green and red flowers with silver leaves. The reverse has a bouquet of green, red and blue flowers. The sticks and guard are pierced bone with geometric patterning. A blue tassel with clear beads suspended from brass ring.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

Feather brisé fan

  • Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1875
Overall: 33cm (13in.) Other (open maximum): 58.5cm (23 1/16in.)
Medium or Technique
Painted feathers; peacock feathers; ivory; silk; brass
Accession Number
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