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Postcard of Fan.
© National Museums Scotland


Double leaf of paper of folding fan with carved and pierced ivory sticks and guards. Concealed pivot.

Painted with a scene showing a medieval king and three knights with a page holding a shield with the arms of France. To the sides Jerusalem is written in Hebrew, and an Arabic inscription on the guards, as well as coats of arms.

It would appear to refer to the crusades and the retaking of the Holy Land but the date 1123 (see reverse) does not fit. Coats of arms unidentified at present.

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Online ID: 000-100-101-300-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1996.371
Date: About 1860-70
Mid 19th century
Material: Ivory. Inscription: Ano 1123
What: ICOM Number: F 8.3
Subject: European Costume : female costume : accessories
Who: Richmond Inglis Cochrane Collection
St Louis of France
Description: Fan of ivory sticks carved with coats of arms and Arabic writing, painted leaf with a King speaking to knights, on reverse an angel and banner, part of the Richmond Inglis Collection: mid 19th century
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