RECATALOGED AS ETHNOLOGY # 4027 IN THE 1950'S, THEN RECATALOGING CANCELLED. CANCELLED NUMBER, IN BRACKETS, REMAINS ON OBJECT.
FROM CARD: "BAMBOO HANDLE FINELY SPLIT TO SPREAD INTO A SEMI-SQUARE SHAPE ONTO WHICH ARE GLUED THE PAPER SURFACES. FRONT PAINTED WITH BUT PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN READING A BOOK, AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF FLOWERS IN TAN AND BLUE COLORS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL OTHER INSCRIBED PLAQUES. BACK SPARSELY PAINTED IN PINKS AND GREYS WITH PICTURES OF FLOWERS IN POT, GOURDS, ETC. SLIGHTLY DAMAGED WITH SPLITS ON THREE EDGES. (1969)." FROM CARD 4027: "LOANED TO NPG 1/4/78. RETURNED 1/18/79."
Note: Originally catalogued as Loo Choo fan. "Loo Choo" is an old term for the Ryukyu Islands, however fan was not made in the Ryukyus.
Woodcut artist of the print on the obverse of the fan: Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
See Chang-Su Houchins. 1995. Artifacts of Diplomacy: Smithsonian Collections from Commodore Matthew Perry's Japan Expedition (1853-1854). Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, Number 37. P 78 and 79