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Fixed fan: O.20-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Maker: Unknown




Fixed fan, decorated with "Wayang" shadow puppet. The handle formed as a pair of entwined snakes. Face: buffalo hide, pierced and painted in black, brown, white and gold. The handle: buffalo horn, carved and incised.


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

Height: 31.3 cm
Width: 17.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Bali ⪼ Indonesia

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
After 1801 CE - Before 1900 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Handle composed of buffalo horn
Face composed of buffalo hide

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.20-1985
Primary reference Number: 118519
Old object number: 406
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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