Silk embroidery on silk gauze; rim and handle: lacquered wood; case: painted iron
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm); Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962
Not on view
Although at first glance this fan appears to have been painted, the landscape was actually delicately embroidered with fine silk thread. The inscriptions reiterate the imagery of mountains and pines, both symbols of longevity in Chinese culture. While the cylindrical date inscribed on the fan can be read as either 1651 or 1711, the latter is more likely. The ink inscription on the case dates it to 1737, which is when the case was made for the fan.
Inscription: Upper right, center
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting with Thread: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th–19th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.