Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty

Object Place: China


Overall: 26.5cm (10 7/16in.) Other (open maximum): 50cm (19 11/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted paper; silk; ivory; lacquer; brass

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Painted paper leaf with applied ivory faces and fabric robes. Obverse side shows emperor in a court scene, surrounded by a decorative border. Reverse has a large pheasant, butterfly, peonies, fruit, buds and other flowers also surrounded with a decorative border. Gilt paper binding at top. Black lacquered sticks with three men holding fans sitting in a garden. Blades with a gold painted man at the top with flowers below him. Pink/orange and yellow silk tassels with clear beads suspended from brass ring.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection