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Title(s):

Fortune teller miracle fish.

Additional Title(s):

Caption on the reverse of the envelope: Fortune teller fish.

Published/Created:
Taiwan : [publisher not identified], [200-?]
Physical Description:
1 film fish ; envelope 7 x 12 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BF1874 .F67 2000 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art.
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Notes:
"Place the fish in palm of the hand. The movements will indicate your fortune. Keep fish in envelope when not in use."--Text printed on the fish.
"Moving head = jealousy. Moving tail = indifference. Moving head and tail = in love. Curling sides = fickle. Turns over = false. Motionless = tired. Curls up entirely = passionate."--Reverse of the envelope.
BAC: British Art Center has three copies.
"Fortune teller fish" made of thin red film. In a plastic envelope, with text giving instructions for interpreting the movements of the fish. Similar products date to at least the early 19th century, in the form of the "sensitive leaf" or "Chinese sensitive leaf."
Subject Terms:
Fortune-telling.
Games.
Pseudoscience.
Form/Genre:
Ephemera.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
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