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Fan

Artist/maker unknown, English

Geography:
Made in England, Europe

Date:
1780-1800

Medium:
Gouache on paper; pierced ivory sticks and guards

Dimensions:
19 5/16 x 10 13/16 inches (49.1 x 27.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1899-781

Credit Line:
The Bloomfield Moore Collection, 1899

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Label:
In Greek mythology, the hero Heracles was enslaved to Queen Omphale of Lydia (present-day Turkey) for killing Iphitus, son of King Eurytus of Oechalia. The central panel of this fan shows Omphale forcing Heracles to spin wool, a task traditionally performed by women. She eventually frees Heracles after witnessing his extraordinary acts of valor, and they later marry. The design may have been inspired by Omphale (1769), a myth-based tragic opera by Jean-Baptiste Philibert Cardonne (1730–after 1792).

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