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Chinese Qing Dynasty Painted Fan with Carved Stick

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1920: Item # 975931

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An interesting Chinese taste fan with painting on one side, calligraphy on the other side, and with carved bamboo sticks at both ends. The hand painted Bamboo scene is full of Chan/Zen spirit, dated 1886 or 1946. The outer bamboo sticks have a lovely smooth patina and are very finely carved and signed. Another interesting thing about the fan is that the motifs of the carved sticks match the gists of the painting and calligraphy. The painting is entitled with one of the 24 filiality stories (Mr. Zhang Shi Xuan gave up his inheritance to his uncle and cousins), and the stick at that end is carved with the scene of that particular filiality story (the younger figure is Zhang Shi Xuan and the older one is his uncle). The calligraphy is from one of the popular novels in the 19th century with Buddhist warnings, and the stick at that end is carved with Buddhist monk (possibly Bodhidharma) meditating. I think this fan was made in late 19th century or the first half of 20th century. The length of the outer stick is 30cm. The condition is good, except for some dirt, tears and losses at the borders of the paper leaves which are fairly normal for antique fans (see pictures).