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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.
Possibly an example of a gunsen (war fan), a signal fan used in battle.
Japan (maker) (country)
Japanese (maker) (nationality)
Guards: engraved steel. Sticks: lacquered bamboo. Face: heavy paper, obverse: painted in gold on silver ground
length: (guards): 30.4
after 1701 to 1900
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
O.14-1985 (Applied Arts)