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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1870-1900
Description Folding fan. Paper leaf has hand-painted designs on both sides. One side has a metallic copper color leaf with a design of cranes all flying toward the left; the cranes are white with black and red details. The opposite side of the leaf is pale blue with a design of fish and flowering tree branches. Bamboo sticks, with dark brown guardsticks. A long metal chain with paste jewels is clipped onto a small loop at the rivet. Probably made in China or Japan.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Asian)
Ownership and History In both Chinese and Japanese culture, cranes are symbols of longevity.
Earliest Date 1870
Latest Date 1900
Material Paper/Bamboo
Subjects Birds
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number X99.1867
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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