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Father Time portrayed on the back of a French fan. (Fitzwilliam Museum)

Fan Made in France c. 1900 Artist/maker unknown, French Maribou feathers, humming bird Diameter: 9 inches (22.9 cm)

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Fan

On one side Narihira and the pilgrim; on the other,chrysanthemums and a brook late 17th- early 18th century Ogata Korin , (Japanese, 1658-1716) Edo period Ink, color and gold on paper H: 35.6 W: 22.7 cm Japan . On one side of this circular fan is a painting illustrating a passage from the Tales of Ise, a work of narratives and poems probably composed in the tenth century by an unknown author.

King George IV’s Ivory Cockade Fan, 1790. Cockade fans differ from standard hand fans in that they open to a full 360 degrees. Such fans were first recorded in use during early medieval times though they may have been employed much earlier in their country of origin--China.