Roll-up or revolving flat fan

Mandarin fan

Qing Dynasty
19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; bamboo; ivory; silk tassels; silk plain weave; discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Mandarin style fan with a circular painted paper leaf court scenes with many figures with appliquéd faced on a blue and green ground on the obverse side. Branches with flowers, birds and insects on silver background cover the reverse side. Silk tape binding with discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and a carved ivory handle with figures, buildings, flowers. Elaborate tassel with salmon, yellow, purple silk yarns; gilt-silver and silver wire, black cord in two knots holding a large wooden bead with carved figures.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, November 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection