Folding fan

Chinese for export
Chinese Republic
early 20th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 26.9cm (10 9/16in.) Other (open maximum): 49cm (19 5/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted paper; gilt paper; ebony; mother of pearl; brass rivet

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Folding fan with painted continuous pleated paper leaf with an Egyptian inspired design motif. Five black, red and green Egyptian deities surrounded by small-scale offerings on a gold background. Gilt paper binding and ebony sticks decorated with small figures, baskets, animals and geometric shapes. Mother-of-pearl thumb pieces with brass rosette buttons on rivet.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection