Oval fan uchiwa

Pa0006 Ovalna Pahljaca Uchiwa 01 Scaled 1
Oval fan uchiwa


Pa0006 Ovalna Pahljaca Uchiwa 01 Scaled 1

An oval fan (uchiwa 団扇), dyed with persimmon juice to strengthen the paper, and featuring a bird drawn in ink on a branch. The bird is a bush warbler (uguisu 鶯), perched on a branch of a Japanese plum or apricot tree (ume 梅). Plum blossoms symbolise spring or the arrival of spring, and work against evil, but they also stand for a hopeful new beginning. Birds are also often associated with the arrival of spring. Birds and flowers (kachō-e 花鳥絵) are a common motif of Japanese painters. The depiction of flora and fauna, especially flowers, birds, and carrion birds, expresses the principles of Shintoism and Buddhism and, indirectly, love and respect for nature. (NVG)

Manufacturing technique: strengthening paper with persimmon juice and painting with ink
Dimensions: height: 39 cm, width: 21.5 cm
No. of parts: 1
Current owner: Celje Regional Museum
Date of the last acquisition: 1957–1960
Previous owners and periods of ownership: Alma M. Karlin, Thea Schreiber Gammelin, Celje Regional Museum
Object condition, handling and damage: well preserved

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