VOICE AFIXED FANSFans of this type were discovered in the burial chamber of Tutankhamen, ruler of Egypt over 3000 years ago. In the 16th century fixed fans were popular costume accessories, worn throughout the Courts of Europe and often visible in contemporary portraits. VOICE BThe fans displayed in section 1 are all fixed fans. The lower shelf features fans woven from natural fibres like palm. The middle shelf shows more elaborate designs from the Far East, including an important Chinese lacquer fan. Measuring over 1 metre in height, the largest of the fans displayed is an eye-catching sesath from Sri Lanka.

• To learn more from the Curator about the Chinese ceremonial fan, press A.• To learn more about the Sri-Lanken sesath, press B.


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The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum is the UK's only organisation of its kind, devoted entirely to the subject of fans and craft of fan making. Housed in two beautifully restored Georgian period townhouses, its collections number more than 7,000 objects dating from the 12th century to present day.


  • London United Kingdom