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W410xL230, China

Here is a folding fan with the fan leave decorated with a poem and painting by my father.  The poem from the poet Bai Ju Yi, “The Jackdaw’s Nightly Cry”,



The Jackdaw cries for the lost of its mother.
That year it stayed at their forest home; by day and by night.
Every midnight it cried, tears would run down those who heard.
As if it was saying it has not taken care of its mother.
Hundred of birds are without mother but only you are grieving so.
Your mother’s kindness deepens your sorrow.
There was general Wu Qi too busy chasing fortune to attend his mother’s funeral.
These kind of humans are worse than birds.
The Jackdaw is the dutiful son of birds.

Here is a clip of a jackdaw to make up for my bad translation of poem.



W400xH250mm, China

The folding fan was introduced to China from Japan in the Song dynasty; they were a gift from monk Chonen to the Emperor.  Emperor Zhu Di lead on the fan fashion, he ordered the court to produce a large number of hand fans, decorated with poems or verses and award the to the high officials.  This became to the trend of the intellectuals, exchanging poems and calligraphy through the fans as a gesture of friendship.  Even the Qing dynasty, the fashion of hand fan was well in its height.  This is a fan from the 50s, a Bai Ju Yi poem about parenthood was added by my father recently.

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