Mourning Fan

Description
This collapsible woman's fan, made from wood and cloth, is painted black to show that the user was in mourning. In the 1800s, regardless of class, most people with families died at home, not in hospitals. There, the deceased would be laid out in a room for friends and relatives to view the body and pay their respects. Family and friends then carried the coffin to the church and to burial.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fan, mourning
Date made
late 19th-early 20th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1037
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1037
subject
Daily Life
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Death
Vidal
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Abanico de Luto
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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