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This is a ivory knife handle, made in France or Germany, in about 1320-1340. It was formerly believed to be from a liturgical fan (a flabellum), but the secular decorative scheme does not allow this interpretation, however, and the lack of an adequately secure fitting at the top to hold the fan also precludes such a use.

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  • Title: Fan handle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1320/1340
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 16.3 cm, Width: 1.2 cm at bottom, Width: 1.5 cm at top
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by George Salting
  • Medium: Elephant ivory, carved

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