Rigid fan (pien mien) (one of a pair)

Chinese, used in America
Qing Dynasty
second half of the 19th century


Object Place: China; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 48.5 x 50cm (19 1/8 x 19 11/16in.)

Accession Number

52.1260a

Medium or Technique

Feathers; kingfisher feathers; silk; pearl; ivory

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Large rigid fan made with large brown/white feathers. Down the center are a red tuft of silk, an embroidered silk butterfly with pearl antennae and a medallion with vibrant blue kingfisher feathers. Handle is deeply carved ivory with three-dimensional dragons, vines and flowers. A blue silk tassel hangs from the end.

Provenance

Gift from Miss Aimee Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb in memory of their mother Mrs. Horatio A. Lamb to the MFA, September 11, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb