Qing-dynasty Bamboo-handle Tuanshan Silk Fan Picture 1

Arts & Crafts Museum Hangzhou

Arts & Crafts Museum Hangzhou

Allegedly originated during the reign of Emperor Cheng of the Han dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), tuanshan silk fans were usually composed of a bamboo frame and a panel made of plain white silk fabrics such as gauze, tabby, or twill. Known for the great number of varieties and ingenious craftsmanship, such type of fans was usually depicted by ancient Chinese to have bamboo ribs as slim as awns and silk panels as thin as cicadas’ wings.
With a bamboo palm handle, this fan adopted “glossy-foundation gauze” for its panel, namely, a lustrous silk fabric with simple but elegant floral patterns.

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  • Title: Qing-dynasty Bamboo-handle Tuanshan Silk Fan Picture 1
  • Physical dimensions: Length: 40cm, width: 27cm
  • Dates: Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 AD)

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