Artifact of the Week: Japanese Parasol

Where is this umbrella from?

Who would have used it?

When did umbrellas appear in human history?



Answers:

Where is this umbrella from?

This is a parasol from Japan. It was made in the early 1930s.

Who would have used it?

A parasol like this could have been used by anybody seeking shelter from the elements.

When did umbrellas appear in human history?

Historians consider the ancient Egyptians to have used the first umbrellas appearing in the historical record, who used bundled feathers or lotus leaves to shield themselves from the harsh sunlight. The first recognizable parasols were used in ancient China around 200 BC, and were decorated with designs from nature such as birds or landscapes.



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