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Fan (ogi) and presentation box c. 1880

Ivory brisé fan decorated with raised gold lacquer work (takamaki-e); silver pin and engraved silver loop, cream silk tassel | 25.7 cm (guardstick) | RCIN 25182

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Japanese folding fans date from the Heian period (794–1185) and were originally used in ceremonial processions, dances and tea gatherings. This example was a gift from Princess Chichibu, who attended the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. Rich gold chrysanthemums reinforce the association with the Imperial Family.