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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

screen fan

Description

Screen fan, decorated, obverse: with sun and moon in clouds with Sanskrit characters; reverse: with Fudo Myo-o and his attendants Seitaka and Kongara riding on clouds, with Sanskrit characters. The handle: scrolling dragon. Stick: wood, covered in painted suede and iron, the top cap missing. Face: wood covered with iron, engraved, chased and overlaid in copper, brass and silver. Rim: iron. Cord and tassel.

Production Place

Japan (maker) (country)

Japanese (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

The handle: scrolling dragon. Stick: wood, covered in painted suede and iron, the top cap missing. Face: wood covered with iron, engraved, chased and overlaid in copper, brass and silver. Rim: iron. Cord and tassel.

Dimensions

length: (whole): 44.2 cm
width: (whole): 19 cm

Period

17th Century

Date

after 1601 to 1800

Provenance

bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

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

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

Documentation

  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd
    [comments: Ill. see n. 51.]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy (1974) A Collector's History of Fans, London: London Studio Vista
    [comments: Ill., see pl. 81.]
  3. Crommelin, Rosemary A Flutter of Fans,
    Source title: Holly Leaves (December 1963)
    [comments: Ill., see p.26, fig.25.]
  4. G.B. Hughes Fans, Exotic and Rare, London
    Source title: Country Life (28 March 1963)
    [comments: Ill., see p.252, fig.3. Dated to tthe 17th/18th century.]
  5. Hutt, Julia & Alexander, Helene (1992) Ogi, A History of the Japanese Fan, London: Dauphin Publishing Limited [page: 46]
    [comments: Ill., see p. 46, n. 8. Dated to the 17th century.]

Other Notes

This type of fan was originally used as a military signalling device, and is used by referees in sumo-wrestling matches.

Accession Number

O.12-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118466; Input Date: 2005-02-23 / Last Edit: 2011-05-04)

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