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Rigid fan (pien mien)

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Round rigid fan covered in white feathers. Outer border and center have light and frothy swan’s-down between which are tightly curled small feathers. The straight handle is woven with quills.

Provenance

Gift from Miss Clara Culver Gilbert to the MFA, February 8, 1951

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Clara Culver Gilbert

Chinese for export, Qing Dynasty, first half of 19th century

Object Place

China

Dimensions

Overall: 41cm (16 1/8in.) Other (Overall): 23.5cm (9 1/4in.)

Accession Number

51.315

Medium or Technique

Swan’s down and quills

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes