Rigid fan (pien mien)

Qing Dynasty
about 1840

Object Place: China


Overall: 40.6 x 24.1 cm (16 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted plain weave silk; ivory

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rigid fan with painted silk. On the obverse are pink peonies and cherry blossoms with an orange, green, brown and blue butterfly. On the reverse is a domestic scene; two women with a parasol and a child in a boat being steered by a man in a large hat while one man carries buckets of water into to his home and two others stand on their garden terrace watching the women pass by. Carved ivory handle with flowers and birds.


Gift from William Perry Dudley to the MFA, October 3, 1935

Credit Line

Gift of William Perry Dudley