Folding fan (ogi)

Japanese for export
Shôwa period
about 1945–52

Object Place: Japan, Esco, for export


35.5 cm (14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper, lacquered and painted wood; metal ring

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Folding fan of white paper leaf and design of eight woman wearing kimono and carrying parasols surrounded by cherry blossoms with flowering cherry trees and tea houses in the background; below which is a linked hexagon pattern (kikkô-mon) in silver; above which is a white diamond lattice pattern on gold with small silver dots in the center of each diamond; narrow band of silver along the top edge; black lacquered sticks with painted gold scrollwork pattern on guards; back of obverse guard inscribed “Esco. Made in occupied Japan.” Steel ring.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection