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Screen fan: O.35-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Maker: Unknown




Sticks: mottled whole bamboo, with white glass finial. Ribs: very thin cane. Face: silk, torn, painted in ink and translucent watercolours; the edge is lacquered in black. Decorated with a scene of conflict between mountain dwelling Buddhist Guardian figures and water spirits, with two human figures standing by the shore near an arch inscribed 'Jinshan' (Gold Mountain). The water spirits bearing a pennant inscrobed: 'Baiyunxian(?) (White Cloud spirit?).


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Width: 31 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


19th Century
After 1801 - Before 1900

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Face composed of watercolours woven ink
Stick composed of bamboo glass
Ribs composed of cane
Guards Height 44.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Jinshan'
  • Location: Front, on the arch
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 'Baiyunxian'(?)
  • Location: Front, on the pennant
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.35-1985
Primary reference Number: 118445
Old object number: 476
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 7 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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