The fan is born with fire. The man uses a braided sheet to revive the embers. Then the Egyptians, 5,500 years ago, use it to assert power. "Flabellifiers" (fans-fans) are responsible for shaking the "Flabelli" to refresh the important characters (and to chase the flies !!!)
A little later, the Greeks use a sham leaf that women shake in front of their faces. The Romans, meanwhile, make small broken fans made from slats of wood or ivory. It is in Japan, in the 7th century, that the folding fan will be invented.
In 1540, the Portuguese returning from Japan will spread the range in Europe.