THE VENTALIA EARRINGS

£290
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THE VENTALIA EARRINGS

£290

Handcrafted. Made from up to 35% recyclable and natural bronze double plated with 18 carat and 24 carat gold.  

THE DESIGN

Ventalia means handheld fan. Archeological finds prove that such handheld fans were used in Ancient Greece since before 4 BC. 

Hand fans are mentioned in many literary classics and depicted in numerous artworks and decorative items such as amphora. For instance, in Euripides’ tragedy Helena, a eunuch uses a fan in order to protect Menelao’s wife from insects while she sleeps. In the 2nd century BC, fans gained a more elegant look, decorated with rich silks imported to Greece from the Orient. On the other hand, Roman fans were more opulent, they were decorated with peacock feathers, and were some of the most elaborate fans ever made.In more modern times,  folding fans were introduced to Europe in the 16th century from China and Japan. Initially, merchant traders brought them to the ports of Lisbon, Venice, and Genoa, and they were largely only available to royalty and nobility. 

Fast forward to the 20th century, fans followed fashion and remarkable items were produced in Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. 

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