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Flat fan
MNK VI-9081/1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A separate group consisted of fans which were produced for export to Europe in Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong and Macau (17th-19th century). Among them were mandarin fans decorated with polymorphous scenes depicting Chinese dignitaries among landscape and architecture. Their faces and garments were made as appliques of painted ivory and silk.

History of the Object
Fans played a significiant role in Chinese culture. Used since antiquity by both men and womaen, they were avilable in many varietes based on the function they fulfilled, their shape and the nature of their decoration. Apart from their functional qualites, fans constituted important ceremonial accessories. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), they also became a medium for paintersand calligraphers. Fans were made of precious materials such as wood of fragrant trees, Livistona chinesis palm leaves, bamboo, lacquer, ivory, tortoiseshell or metal decorated with filigree and cloisonne, silk or bird feathers.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silk, wood, ivory, carved, painted 
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Creator name
 
Creator date
 
Where it was made
China, Guangzhou 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century 
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Acquisition
Donated by Edward Goldstein, 1909 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Pacana Curator Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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