Fan, Folding, Hand painted floral design; Unknown maker; 1880-1920; RI.LA01.02


Fan, Folding, Hand painted floral design

About this object

A folding wood and paper hand fan, with a Japanese-inspired hand painted scene featuring islands surrounded by slight waves, blue and white flowers, and a bird.

The montures (sticks and guards) appear to be made of balsa wood, suggesting it is relatively modern. Traditional fans were generally made of bamboo.

There is no acquisition documentation for this fan so it cannot be accurately dated, or provenance determined, but its style indicates it likely dates from the late 19th Century or early 20th Century.


Unknown maker

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Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood, balsa wood
organic, processed material, paper
inorganic, processed material, metal
organic, vegetal, stem, cane, bamboo

Inscription and Marks

Obverse, front guard: '19'
Reverse, front guard: 'FOREIGN'
Reverse, rear guard: 'LA0102' (accession number)


Closed: h 15 mm x w 230 mm x d 25 mm
Open: h 214 mm x w 365 mm x d 21 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Object Type

personal effects

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Copyright Licence  

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