Fan with Landscape

Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Date: 18th century

Culture: China

Medium: Silk embroidery on silk gauze; rim and handle: lacquered wood; case: painted iron

Dimensions: H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm); Diam. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Gift of Edna Bahr, 1962

Accession Number: 62.97.25a–c


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.