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Tortoiseshell brise fan. Sticks of pierced and carved tortoiseshell; guards are carved (21+2). Red silk ribbon and brass(?) rivet. Front: Pierced by longitudinal striations and carved below the ribbon with genre scenes, enclosed by a pierced floral border. Above the ribbon there are single figures and cattle. Reverse: The same design in reverse. Guards: The fronts are carved with two figures, a phoenix and a dragon, the backs with four figures.
Chinese for European market
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
Sticks pierced and carved tortoiseshell. Guards carved. (21+2) Red silk ribbon. Rivet brass ?.
length: (guards): 19.0
early 19th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.386-1985 (Applied Arts)