Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 28cm (11in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; sandalwood; black lacquer

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Mandarin” style folding fan with short paper continuous leaf painted in brilliant greens and blues with series of court scenes showing figures both in landscape and interior settings wearing robes made of actual scraps of fabric and appliquéd faces of painted ivory. Sticks and guard are made of carved sandal wood showing figures, landscapes, and some architecture. Fan is stored in a black lacquered box with gold floral motifs.


Gift from Miss Elizabeth G. Norton to the MFA, September 11, 1952

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Elizabeth G. Norton