Fortune-telling fan

about 1800


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Guard: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); maximum open: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.); arc: 145°

Accession Number

1976.313

Medium or Technique

Paper leaf engraved and painted in watercolor; wood sticks; mother-of-pearl

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Textiles and Fashion Arts

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Double paper leaf fortune-telling fan. Obverse: “The Oracle,” wheel of fortune center, two winged figures above with “Book of Fate,” “Explication,” “Example,” and “Questions” to sides. Reverse: medallions with portraits and symbols of gods above answers to questions on obverse. Narrow gilt on green paper edging. (Pinholes on wheel indicate fan actually used.) Wood sticks, unpolished blades, polished guards. Mother-of-pearl rings on rivet.

Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection