Object Title

Processional fan

Processional fan



Object Number



Presented by Messrs. Gould and Swayne, 1956.

Physical Description

The main element is formed from a large sheet of pierced and chased brass, of lobed outline widening and curving forwards towards the top. The shape is held in shape by a bar of brass soldered to the back. Around the outer edge, and about two inches in from the edge, are applied semicircular beadings of brass. At the top centre and facing forwards is a cast brass dragon head held in place by a screw with a square brass nut on the back. At the base, the fan is fastened into the mouth of a cast brass dragon's head issuing from a necked octagonal vase having animal masks on the shoulders. These masks originally had rings in their mouths. The base of the vase is drilled to take the stained wood shaft. Pierced and chased in the fan is a complex design involving a gate and a carp at the base, above which is a scroll and a sword whilst the upper part is filled by two adorsed dragons with a sacred jewel between them. In the space between the two applied rims are fish and sacred objects set against foliage. The fan or standard is fixed to a shaft of lightly stained wood.


Dimensions: length: overall 2288 mm (90 in), Head length: 700 mm (27.5 in), it is 450 mm wide at the top and 315 mm wide at the base. Weight: The weight of the standard is 3.45 kg.


Places China

Bibliographic References

A. Janata, 'Zur Typologie chinesischer Stangenwaffen',Archiv fur Volkerkunde, 20,1966, pp 9-40.


See also XXVIL.113