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Rigid fan (pien mien) (one of a pair)

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Large rigid fan made with large brown/white feathers. Down the center are a red tuft of silk, an embroidered silk butterfly with pearl antennae (held on with a pin) and a medallion with vibrant blue kingfisher feathers. Handle is deeply carved ivory with three-dimensional dragons, vines and...

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Gift from Miss Aimee Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb in memory of their mother Mrs. Horatio A. Lamb to the MFA, September 11, 1952

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Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb

Chinese, used in America, Qing Dynasty, second half of the 19th century

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Overall: 47 x 48.5cm (18 1/2 x 19 1/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Feathers; kingfisher feathers; silk; pearl; ivory


Textiles and Fashion Arts