fans (costume accessories)

'Kesi' silk tapestry fan of floral shape, stretched over a cane frame with a central rib which is slightly bent on the top and secured with a 'ruyi' shaped gilt metal clasp, trimmed with patterned silk ribbon. The cream silk leaf is woven with a fruiting pomegranate tree, wild chrysanthemum blossom and rocks. The wooden handle is fittted with black lacquered finials and embellished with carved dragon design painted in red. Two rosettes used for securing the leaf and the handle are missing.

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