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Object Name Fan
Date 1880-1920
Description Folding fan. White paper leaf has a hand-painted bird, tree, and flowers in black, gray, white, and pink, with faint white Japanese characters near the right edge. Reverse is black glazed paper with a hand-painted silver landscape and Japanese characters. Black lacquered bamboo sticks. Riveted at bottom, with a metal loop. Made in Japan.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Asian, Floral)
Ownership and History The delicate cherry blossoms on this fan are a national symbol of Japan. Thousands of cherry trees, presented to the United States in 1912 by the people of Japan, still blossom each spring in Washington, D.C.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1920
Material Paper/Bamboo
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number X99.1997
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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