London, South Kensington
16 February 2006
A GUNSEN OR TESSEN
a Japanese war fan, the paper leaf with a red sun on a gold ground, the verso with a gold sun on a silver ground, with bamboo sticks and iron guardsticks silvered and gilt with carp, rocks and maple leaves, with pink silk tassle,--12.5in. (31.75cm), 18th century (leaf and tassle worn)
Moorcroft Collection, no. 56.
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There was no set colour for the suns on Tessen before the adoption of the red sun on a white background as a national emblem late in the 19th century. Kasal (A.U.), Fan Lore, Monumenta Japonica, University of Tokyo, Vol. 4, 1951, p. 89.
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