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Japanese Fan Earrings
Beautiful Mother of pearl accented Pink and Gold Geisha Fan accented with natural pearl and crystals. Perfect Spring and Summer, for brunch, Tea parties, Tea Ceremony and Kimono Wear.
14KGF Ear wire
Length: 3 1/4 inches
Mother of Pearl/Shell Floral Motifs
CTs Original Stock Item: Ships within 3-5 days
Historically, Japanese hand fans were tools of aristocrats and the samurai class. They were a way to signify social standing, and even communicate messages. The earliest recorded sighting of the Japanese fan was in the 6th century CE, where burial tombs were adorned with pictures of fans.
In the Chinese official historical record of the Song Dynasty (960–1279) it is written that the Japanese monk Chonen gifted folding fans to the emperor of China in 988, which makes the Japanese folding fan an original invention, at a time where most technological learning was going the other way. The popularity of the Japanese fan also reached into Korea: in the 11th century, Korean envoys to the Chinese court brought with them folding fans that were made in the Japanese style.
Back home in Japan, during the Heian period, these fans became such a hit that laws were created to restrict their use to particular social classes. Typically crafted from Japanese cypress (known as hinoki) and thread, the number of strips of wood on each fan was meant to reflect the rank and status of its owner.
By the 15th century, Japanese hand fans were so widely revered that Japan began exporting them abroad, including to China, from where they made their way onto the silk road trade route. By the 18th and 19th century, these fans had even become a desirable fashion accessory for well-to-do European women. The late 19th-century piece above, from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, is one such fan which was designed specifically for export to Europe.
These beautiful Earrings will arrive in a beautiful giftbox enclosed in an Gold Organza Gift Bag via USPS.