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Double paper leaf 'Applied faces' fan with sticks and guards of engraved mother-of-pearl. Double paper leaf: the front shows a crowd of people in the scene, with clothes of woven silk applied to the paper background and faces of painted, applied ivory. Reverse: all of the people are male only. Sticks and guards of engraved mother-of-pearl (14+2); loop and double, silk (?) tassel.
Chinese, probably for the European export market.
Canton (maker) (place)
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
height: (guards): 28.4
mid 19th century
circa 1820 to 1860
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
No two 'Applied faces' fans are exactly alike.
M.360-1985 (Applied Arts)