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Folding fan of paper leaf with design on obverse side of ten butterflies on gold background (symbolizing sunlight) and, on reverse side, six white butterflies on silver background (symbolizing moonlight); mounted on light polished wood sticks, butterfly and vegetation etched on upper guards;...

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

Japanese for export, Meiji era, about 1875

Object Place

Japan, for export


25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper, polished and etched wood, brass grommet


Textiles and Fashion Arts