Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty

Object Place: China


Overall: 28cm (11in.) Other (open maximum): 52cm (20 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave; paper; paint; ivory; silver; lacquer

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Mandarin” fan. Painted white silk and paper leaf in shades of blue. Applied ivory faces and silk robes. The obverse side has painted court scenes and an elaborate decorative border. The reverse depicts three court scenes, six smaller decorative vignettes surrounded by birds and fruit. Carved and pierced ivory sticks with figures and floral motifs. Guards are carved ivory and have four figures, one seated under a tree with three other men standing nearby surrounded by weeping willows, peonies and roses. Stylized silver ring and rivet.

Black lacquer box with gold flowers and a silk lining.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection