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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Chinese
Title:Fan and box
Date Made:19th century
Type:Adornment; Personal Equipment; Ceremonial
Materials:Fan: Color, ivory, gold, and silk applique on paper; lacquer ribs. Box: wood with lacquer, lined in silk
Place Made:Asia; China; Guangzhou (Canton)
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: edge of the outside rib (lacqure): [Chinese character, li shi ya].
Accession Number:  MH 1944.3.J.M(b)
Credit Line:Gift of Helen Watt (Class of 1904)
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Description:
Obverse: summer court scene in a garden with trees, flowers, summer houses, columns, and empress (?) seated under a porch and surrounded by numerous attendants. Figures walking in garden and seated in boxes, and a group of figures entering from the right on a boat. Border of medallions with flower, bird, insect, animal and landscape designs. Reverse: similar court scenese inclusing aquarium, performance of lion dance, and a nobleman arriving on a horse from the left and other indoor scenes. Border of meandering floral, animals, etc. Triple tassel of green, red, white.

Keywords/Tags:
exports; global; Guangzhou (Canton or Kanton); domestic life

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