Folding fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
Late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 31.5cm (12 3/8in.) Other (open maximum): 53.5cm (21 1/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with silk embroidery; lacquer; painted silk; brass

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Stiff white silk continuous pleated leaf with embroidered Peking ducks (symbolizing marital bliss) among lotus. Black lacquer sticks with gold coins and names of emperors. White silk double tassel suspended from brass ring. Guards have a gold painted bat holding a string of coins in his mouth.

Black lacquer box, gilt decoration, painted white silk with birds and flowers, with a blue silk lining. Chinese character inscription under cardboard form in box.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection