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Folding fan: O.14-1985

Object information


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Folding fan, decorated, face: with solar and lunar disks; guards: a) with soshu inscription; b) with plant with bearded-face. Guards: engraved steel. Sticks: lacquered bamboo. Face: heavy paper, obverse: painted in gold on silver ground; reverse: vice versa.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


18th/19th Century
After 1701 - Before 1900 1900


Possibly an example of a gunsen (war fan), a signal fan used in battle.

Components of the work

Face: composed of paint ( gold) paper Sticks: composed of bamboo Guards: composed of steel Length 30.4 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.14-1985
Primary reference Number: 118475
Old object number: 434
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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