Rigid fan (pien mien) (one of a pair)

Chinese, used in America
Qing Dynasty
mid 19th century

Object Place: China; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 26 x 40 cm (10 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Feather, ivory, cotton plain weave, mother-of-pearl, silk cord

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White feather fan painted with male and female figures beneath tree flanked by floral motifs in black on front and polychrome pair of birds perched on flowering branches on reverse, white cotton rosette at base with mother-of-pearl carved rosette in center, carved ivory handle, white silk tassel


Gift from Miss Aimee Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb in memory of their mother Mrs. Horatio A. Lamb to the MFA, September 11, 1952

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb