Sign on
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: ivory, silk, ostrich feather
Dimensions: Overall (when open): 700 x 430mm (27 9/16 x 16 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2008.50
This silk fan is decorated with ostrich feathers along the edge and has an ivory handle. The decoration shows the mythical phoenix bird. In legend the hard working but plain phoenix saved the lives of all other birds during a drought. As thanks, the birds gave him their most beautiful feathers. The phoenix is seen as a symbol of auspiciousness and happiness. The style of this fan suggests that it was made for European rather than Chinese use and may therefore be an expensive export item.
Display Location: In Store
gPowered byeMuseum

Museums Sheffield

Trying something new can be a little bit scary, but what a great feeling when you make the connection. We're trying new things all the time and we want you to try them too, so come with us and we'll help connect you with art, nature, history, ideas - and each other.

Jump in. Discover something new.

Explore our site