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Liturgical fan (Flabellum)

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Ecclesiastical ornament. Liturgical fan (Flabellum). Painted vellum plaited to form circle; bands at center and edge, flowers in blues and reds on both sides. Ivory handle, buttons at center; set with tiny plaques of mother-of-pearl and neilloed silver gilt.

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Gift of the Class of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mrs. Arthur L. Devens, Chairman

Italian, 12th century

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Ivory and tempera on vellum


Textiles and Fashion Arts