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Collection of handpainted paper fans from Japan

Hand fans (24), Japanese; No.s 32-55; Japan (SB).


Object No.


Object Statement

Fans (24), handpainted, paper / bamboo, maker unknown, Japan, 1800-1888

Physical Description

Hand fans (24), Japanese; No.s 32-55; Japan (SB).





18112:18169 Collection of Ogi or folding fans. This collection was purchased by Archibald Liversidge in Japan and England in 1887. Liversidge was a founding member of the Powerhouse Museum's first trust and Professor of geology and mineralogy at the University of Sydney. The fans were puchased through Rottman, Strome and Company, which had an office in Yokohama and London. In Japan fans were used as functional accessories and for display, dance and presentation (from label text for L95/38)


Credit Line

Purchased 1888

Acquisition Date

16 March 1888

Cite this Object


Collection of handpainted paper fans from Japan 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <>


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