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Object: Fan

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Title Fan
Production Unknown, circa Nineteenth Century
Materials feather, wood, metal, paint, ribbon
Classification fans, brisé fans, accessories, costume
Credit line Gift of T Coleridge, 1984
Registration number PC002960
Instead of a decorated folded leaf attached to sticks, brisé fans are made from overlapping blades, usually all the same length, held together by a rivet at the base and connected by a ribbon along the upper edge. Brisé is French for 'broken' and this brisé fan combines ebony blades decorated with a gold and silver geometric pattern with brown and red feathers.

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