Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Folding fan with single fabric pleated leaf. Translucent fabric leaf is finely embroidered with silver thread, showing a single bird in flight amid a flowering tree branch. Bone or ivorine (imitation ivory) sticks are pierced; guards are pierced and carved. Rivet has mother of pearl washers and a projecting pin which holds a double tassel connected by a braided and knotted cord.

To Learn More:
Learn about the different types of imitation ivory at CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 8"
Leaf height: 4.25"
Open width: 14"
Arc (degrees when open): 120
20 sticks / 2 guards

Place of Origin:
Credit Line:
Anonymous gift
This online exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from the Fan Association of North America (FANA).
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