Moosehair Fan Handle

Native American, Huron
Mid-19th Century


Height x width: 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in., 0.6 cm (12.1 x 8.9 cm, 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dyed moose hair and birch bark

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



This birch bark fan handle is mint with slightly different design on the other side. There have never been any feathers put into the handle. Embroidered with moose hair on both sides.


Acquired through Willis Henry Auctions, Marshfield, MA, by John Molloy Gallery, New York; April 19, 1994, sold by Molloy Gallery to James Frank, LaJolla, CA; consigned by Frank to Molloy Gallery; 2013, sold by Molloy Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

Partial gift of James Frank and the Frank B. Bemis Fund and Hilsinger Janson Fund for Native American Art