fan container

Tapered cylindrical fan case with scalloped top, made of purple satin with stiffened paper interface, with blue and white patterned binding. Base of dark indigo satin, lining of pale blue silk. It opens at top with attached green silk cord loop handle and two pink glass ovoid beads. The exterior is embroidered with a flower and bird design in multicoloured silk thread and couched gilt metal thread. On one side is a stylised ruyi sceptre head, below which are a butterfly and lotus blossom spray; on the other side is the same sceptre embroidery, but with a peacock, pink tree and lingzi fungus below. The case would have been suspended from a belt, holding a summer folding fan and carried by either a man or a woman.

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