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soplador (fan for fire)
  • Virginia Hernandez
    active: Mexico
  • soplador (fan for fire), 1989
  • Where object was made: Magdalena Jaltepec, Nochixtlán District, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 62 x 35 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 3/8 x 13 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5197

The fan is woven from palm leaf fiber. It has a diamond shaped blade. The handle runs from the center of the back to one point, where it is wrapped with a twisted palm fiber and the ends are left loose. It is a light natural color.