Fan

This is a lotus-shaped fan made of layers of woven palm leaf. It is covered with a layer of gilded lacquer and ornately inlaid with red, green and blue glass. A large wooden handle is attached to the fan, and where it joins the fan image of a fig leaf has been created, which is an emblem of the Buddha. Although the exact provenance is unknown the fan is part of the William Ninnis Porter Collection and therefore predates the late 1800s. The fan functions as a ceremonial replica of a basic monks fan, and is used for presentation to monasteries. References to this type of fan can be found in ‘Burmese Crafts, Past and Present’ (Fraser-Lu 1994:292). An excellent collection of fans from the Indian subcontinent can be seen at The Fan Museum in Greenwich, London. There are many parallels between Indian and Burmese palm leaf fans, as observed in their catalogue for a recent exhibition on the collection of Jatin Das called ‘Pankha’.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
27/1907
Category
Ethnography
Collection Class
Personal objects
Collection Area Region
SE
Material
woodpigmentglass
Common Name
fan
Simple Name
accessory
Production County
Shan / Chin State
Production Country
Myanmar

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