fan (personal protection)

Folding fan made of strips of straw woven with fine thread to form a sheet. Two wooden handles are wrapped in this straw sheeting; attached to the top half of the handles is each end of a further sheet of woven straw which is formed into pleats arrranged in a circle around the top of the handles. On each side of the centre is a rosette formed of lengths of straw bent into tiny loops. A length of red cord with a wooden toggle is looped loosely around the handle. Length 14 1/2". Accompanying handwritten label reads: 'Fan used by natives in Madiera [sic] Gift of Mrs Braithwaite Batty'. Does not resemble a Horniman Museum label.

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