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Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

1825–50


Dimensions

Overall: 22cm (8 11/16in.) Other (open maximum): 41cm (16 1/8in.)

Accession Number

1976.410

Medium or Technique

Painted paper; silver; silk plain weave; silk; ivory; enamel; brass

Not On View

Collections

Asia , Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mandarin style fan with painted paper leaf, appliquéd painted ivory faces and silk robes. Obverse shows emperor and court scenes with an elaborate decorative border. Gilt paper binding. Sticks are gilt-silver filigree with green and blue enamel flowers, brass banding. Silver guards with silver filigree in floral motif with brass banding. Purple silk tassel with carved ivory melon plant and green knitting suspended from brass ring.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection