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Fans HC41

A selection of fans featuring designs from around the world, including the Pacific, Asia and Europe. Folding, woven and painted.

A handheld fan waved in front of a person will have a cooling effect by increasing the airflow over the skin.

The origin of hand fans can be traced as far back as 4,000 years ago in Egypt. 

Fans were a fashion accessory and status symbol in many countries including China and Spain.

date: 20th Century

maximum dimension: 480mm

subject area: The Arts, Science, Social Science, Technology, English & Languages

subject themes: Costume, Fashion, Craft, Culture, History, Invention

handling collection number: HC41

Why not take a look at the website of the Fan Museum in London to see hundreds of different fans from all over the world


Handling information:
To Use & Handle
Additional information:
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