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"Mandarin" style fan with figures that have applied faces and silk garments. Painted paper continuous pleated leaf. On the obverse is a court scene, man holding a cage (left), woman and child in building (center), man with fixed fan (right); The reverse side pictures a bird surrounded by peonies...

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, October 14, 1943

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export, Qing Dynasty, Late 19th to early 20th century

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Overall: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

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Painted paper; lacquered wood; brass rivet


Textiles and Fashion Arts