Question. Did this type fan develop first in Japan or in China? Seems that both countries want to claim the honor.
Wikipedia says: In the 17th century the folding fan, and its attendant semiotic culture, were introduced from Japan. Simpler fans were developed in China, Greece, and Egypt. East Asian (Japanese and Chinese) imports became popular in Europe. These fans are particularly well displayed in the portraits of the high-born women of the era.
I am surprised that they were not from an earlier period. In my browsing google I see one opinion is that the Emperors did painting on folding fans. One of those would have been very high priced. Not mine. Those like mine are cheap enough to be given away as party favors.
These two fans were in memorabilia from Amy. I believe she purchased them in Florida in 1951. Worth nothing monetarily, but I’m a sentimental trivia lover.
The fantastic Miss Phimple was a fancy folding fan fanatic. Five uses of simple words beginning with “fan.” none of which has anything to do with the Latin root, which comes from the Latin word “fanum” which relates to a temple or sanctuary. But it does look a lot like a Medival Latin, “phantasticus.”
So, there, now you know. 😀