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Object ID # 1966.024.001
Object Name Fan, Hand
Title Snowbird Fan
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Early 20th-century?
Artist Unknown First Nations artisan
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description First Nations quillwork hand fan with stuffed bird and ornamental down. This fan has a quill-decorated (birch?) bark handle. One side of the fan has an affixed stuffed bird, which has brown and white feathers. Its wings are slightly spread. The bird rests on pale blue downy feathers, which are surrounded by a border of white down. The reverse side has white down feathers only. The bird side of the handle has the quillwork pattern. The other side has the same pattern, but done in dyed quills (perhaps the top side's colour faded from light exposure?). The edges of the handle are thread-bundled porcupine hairs (not quills).

Provenance Unknown. Last owned by Mrs. P. O. Nelson.
Collection First Nations, 20th-c Collection
Material Bark/Feather/Quillwork/Hairwork
Dimensions W-27 L-41 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Nelson, P. O.