This September, the Morris Museum presents an exhibition celebrating the art and history of the handheld fan. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, ‘The Language of Fans’ showcases over forty notable works. The exhibition is on view from September 3 to December 6, 2015. With a history stretching back more than 4000 years, the handheld fan has served functional, ceremonial and decorative purposes. This elegant art form has been used in religious rituals, expressed romantic sentiment, conveyed status and wealth, and served as an advertising medium. Perhaps the most enduring role of the handheld fan is as a symbol of wealth or royalty, which began during the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Babylon and continues in the twenty-first century. ‘The Language of Fans’ is drawn entirely from the collection of the Morris Museum. Featuring dozens of works from the mid-nineteenth century to t

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