Folding fan

Chinese (Beijing)
Qing Dynasty

Object Place: China


Overall: 27cm (10 5/8in.) Other (open maximum): 41cm (16 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; tortoise shell; ivory; mother-of-pearl

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Painted folding fan with a large flowering branch in the center with a red bird with green and purple wings perched on the top and insects flying close by. On either side is a vignette, on the left a man and woman are having a conversation through an open window and on the right are two men, one of whom is carrying pails of water. On the reverse is an arrangement of purple, blue, pink and yellow flowers with gold binding. The tumbpiece is made of tortoise shell with a mother-of-pearl-rivet.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection