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


Overall: 47 x 48.5cm (18 1/2 x 19 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Feathers; kingfisher feathers; silk; pearl; ivory

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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 (held on with a pin) 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.


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