The Banning Museum – Fans
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French style fan, circa 1860. Fan leaf is printed paper with hand-painted details and is signed by the artist, I. Wild. Sticks and guards are carved mother-of-pearl. The leaf depicts a scene from Greek mythology, “The Rape of Europa.” Zeus transformed himself into a white bull to seduce the beautiful Phoenician princess Europa. He swam across the ocean with her on his back. The continent of Europe takes its name from the classical myth.