Giant folding fan (Mita ogi)

Japanese
about 1880–90


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

58 cm (22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.435

Medium or Technique

Painted paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Giant folding fan (Mita ogi), probably used for ceremonial purposes. Stout painted maroon paper leaf. Obverse: silver-eye (Megiro) bird on branch among crysanthemums and other vegetation; silver paper (symbolizing moonlight) at top and bottom. Reverse: crysanthemums and other vegetation; gold paper (symbolizing sunlight) at top and bottom. Brown lacquered guards with gold painted vegetation and [c]ourt fans (Hi ogi); black lacquered blades. Stylzed brass ring and rivet.

Provenance

Transferred from Asiatic Dept. to Textiles.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection