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Fortune-telling fan

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Double paper leaf fortune-telling fan. Obverse: "The Oracle," wheel of fortune center, two winged figures above with "Book of Fate," "Explication," "Example," and "Questions" to sides. Reverse: medallions with portraits and symbols of gods above answers to questions on obverse. Narrow gilt on...

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Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

about 1800

Object Place

England

Dimensions

Guard: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); maximum open: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.); arc: 145°

Accession Number

1976.313

Medium or Technique

Paper leaf engraved and painted in watercolor; wood sticks; mother-of-pearl

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes