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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.
Japan (maker) (country)
Japanese (maker) (nationality)
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.
length: (whole): 44.2
after 1601 to 1800
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
This type of fan was originally used as a military signalling device, and is used by referees in sumo-wrestling matches.
O.12-1985 (Applied Arts)