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Black Silk Round Fan Embroidered with Butterfly and Flower Design
Black Silk Round Fan Embroidered with Butterfly an
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The fan has a foliated edge that resembles a twelve-petalled flower. On both sides of the fan, designs of flying butterflies and chrysanthemums on leafy stems are embroidered against a black silk background. The fan boasts small, close and neat stitches, which reflect outstanding needlecraft. On a two-dimensional surface the embroidery creates a sense of three-dimensionality with light and dark tones. The stretcher in the middle visually divides the fan into two parts. The fan has modest yet tasteful colours. Bright tones are only found at the end the butterflies' wings to brighten the whole design. The shield at the bottom of the fan is designed in the shape of a ruyi ("as you wish" emblem) which is on one side inlaid with stained ivory openwork, and is embroidered with bat and peach patterns on the other. Painted red at either end, the bamboo handle was carved with patterns of flower and garden rocks in relief.

History of the Object
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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silk, bamboo 
Measurements
Overall height: 48.2 cm, width: 31 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 20th Century; Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) 
Function
decorative; fan 
Acquisition
Qing Court Collection 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Palace Museum, Beijing 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
Palace Museum, Beijing 

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