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Object ID #18391063

This is a Brisé fan. It is dated early 18th century and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is painted and gilded ivory sticks, tortoiseshell thumb guard, silk connecting ribbon, mother-of-pearl washer. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Bacchanalian revelry and romance were popular subjects in the 18th century. This fan illustrates the Greek myth of Ariadne, who, after helping Theseus to slay the Minotaur, is deserted by him on the island of Naxos. Here, Dionysus, the god of wine, discovers her there, woos her, and marries her.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Fanning the Flame of Love.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 21.6 x 32.4 cm (8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.)

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Object ID #18391063; Previously owned by Metropolitan Museum of Art ; painted and gilded ivory sticks, tortoiseshell thumb guard, silk connecting ribbon, mother-of-pearl washer; H x W (open): 21.6 x 32.4 cm (8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1952-161-198

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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