|An antique Japanese fan, decorated with hand painted Japanese scriptures and art, framed beautifully in a Gold and Dark panel. This fan was created approximately a 100 years ago (Circa 1920) and survived in mint condition its 100-year history of being a delicate collector’s piece.
A folding fan is called a “sensu” or “o-gi”, while the non-folding type of fan is called an “uchiwa”. Both these types usually have Japanese calligraphy writing or beautiful patterns decorating them. Historically, Japanese hand fans were tools of aristocrats and the samurai class. They were a way to signify social standing, and even communicate messages. During the Heian period, these fans became such a hit that laws were created to restrict their use to particular social classes.
In Theatre (Kabuki), it demonstrates the common usage and symbolism of the various fan movements, using the fan to represent a tray, a sunrise, the wind, rain, cutting with a knife, drinking, and others.
Size : W52 x L85 cm.
Weight : 3.6 kg