Object Place: China (for export)


Guard: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); maximum open: 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in.): arc: 155°

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Medium or Technique

Paper leaf painted in gouache, with applied ivory and silk; pierced, carved, and enameled sticks of various materials; gilt-silver filigree guards

On View

Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Painted double paper leaf (royal blue, green, orange predominate), appliquéd painted ivory faces and silk robes. Obverse: emperor, court scenes. Fourteen blades: carved and pierced sandalwood; plain, red and green painted ivory; etched mother-of-pearl; green and blue painted gilt silver filigree; figures and floral motifs. Guards: silver filigree royal sceptre and dragon mounted on glit-silver filigree in decorative motif, brass banding. Green and salmon tassels depend from brass ring. Black lacquer box, gilt decoration, painted blue silk and salmon paper lining.


Oldham Collection; Gift from Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976

Credit Line

Oldham Collection