This hand fan is made from carved ebony wood and a ribbon embroidered muslin leaf. The butterflies, flowers and birds that adorn the fabric are hand painted. An accessory of Asian origin, the fan began to be used in the West in the 17th century by women wishing to cool their faces. It was popular in high society until the early part of the 20th century, when the long dresses with bustle and corset of the Victorian era gave way to lighter, cooler cuts. Unknown donor.

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