Royal Regalia; fan

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Sri Lanka
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century
  • Type
    Costume and Jewelry
  • Materials
    ivory
  • Measurements
    Width 33 cm Height 62 cm
  • Creator name
    Unknown
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    Sri Lanka
  • Time period
    AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century
  • Creation date
    16th Century; Mid 16th century
  • Function
    Because of the great fragility of its precious material, this fan may have been used as a prestigious object only, which reflected the power and dignity of its owner. Real fans were made from peacock's feathers and were used by servants to fan the ruler with fresh air.
  • Acquisition
    Taken over by the Royal Ethnographic Collection from the so-called "United Collections" of the House of Wittelsbach in 1868.
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