Folding fan

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

Folding fan

  • "Mandarin" fan
  • Chinese for export, Qing Dynasty, 1825–50
China
Dimensions
Overall: 22cm (8 11/16in.) Other (open maximum): 41cm (16 1/8in.)
Medium or Technique
Painted paper; silver; silk plain weave; silk; ivory; enamel; brass
Classification
Costumes
Accession Number
1976.410
Not on view

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