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Twenty-four carved and pierced tortoiseshell sticks, green silk connecting ribbon. Blades: monogram "HEW" center, many figures employed at various tasks surround; figures in various attitudes at heads above ribbon. Guards: figures above shoulders, buildings below. Serrated stick heads.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

1790–early 1800s

Object Place

China (for export)


Guard: 19 cm (7 1/2 in.); maximum open: 34.5 cm (13 6/16 in.); arc: 160°

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Medium or Technique

Pierced and carved tortoiseshell blades, silk


Textiles and Fashion Arts