The emphasis on the fan is all on the sticks and guards. The fan itself is an ivory colored material that has a satin-like sheen to it. The fan is plain with no handpainting. The sticks though are beautifully detailed. There is an open dot pattern as well as a carved pattern. The guards are beautiful with the pattern being repeated several times. The fan is in wonderful condition with just 2 spots on the back side of it. The material has separated from a few of the sticks so you need to be careful when closing the fan. These only need to be reglued. There are no tears or holes in this fan. This is a beautiful pieces of artwork that would make a great addition to any collection.