Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Folding fan with double fabric pleated leaf. Black silk leaf front has a hand painted scene of a woman standing on a balcony, holding a hand fan, overlooking a street scene below. Leaf reverse is black silk fabric. Sticks and guards are pierced and incised wood; guards are carved in a scallop shape at the head (rivet) end. The rivet holds a decorative metal washer and a plain metal loop.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 15"
Leaf height: 9"
Open width: 27.25"
Arc (degrees when open): 140
16 sticks / 2 guards

c. 1880
Credit Line:
Gift of Hyman Myers
This online exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from the Fan Association of North America (FANA).
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