AB 890


  • AB 799 Sensu (front)
  • AB 83-8 Uchiwa
  • AB 1106 c Yatate
  • AB 990b Necklace
  • AB 69-4 Wagasa
  • AB 456 Purse
  • AB 67-26 Tenugui
  • AB 86-4 Hat (side)
  • 2009.195.1 Key Chain (front)
  • 2009.113.1 a-c Hairpin & Box
  • 2009.110.1 a-d Hair Accessory Set
  • AB 1006 Sensu (open)
  • AB 66-16 Wagasa
  • AB 55-36 Purse (closed)
  • AB XX 81 Wagasa
  • AB 56-30 b Wagasa (open)
  • AB 76-85 Purse
  • 2013.XX.9 Sensu (open)
  • AB 890 Sensu (front)
  • AB 76-110 Sensu
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Object ID
AB 890

This sensu (folding fan) is made entirely of sandalwood. The fan is held together with blue ribbon (now detached). Each rib and guard are rounded at the top; a metal hook and pin hold the end of the handle together. A cream-colored tassel is tied onto the hook. 

The fan is painted with a landscape scene featuring six male figures, one on the guard and five on the ribbing. The central figure is riding a horse and carrying two swords at his waist, identifying his status as a samurai. Another figure, the retainer, runs after the horse, with a happy expression visible on his face. He wears a dark kimono top with a white cutout diamond on the back, likely signifying the samurai's mon (family crest). The other figures include a fisherman on his boat in the water in the background, and an elderly man on the left of the fan, taking a break to smoke a pipe. A smaller figure stands near the elderly man. The last figure is on the far right and possibly represent a farmer holding some sort of hoe as he returns to his thatched roof home.

The opposite side of the fan is decorated with a floral arrangement consisting of morning glories, star flowers, and a hibiscus at the center, with a bird swooping down from the right.

Given by Miss Mary C. Wheelwright (through the MFA), 1942.
AB 890 Sensu (front)