Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Parasol

Date:
1850–60
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, wood, metal, ivory
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the estate of Sarah B. Russell, 1956
Accession Number:
2009.300.2436
Not on view
Parasols, such as this, reached miniature sizes in the 1850s and 1860s. Coincidentally, the size of hats at this time was also small. This parasol was a frivolity which served no function but acted as an adornment around the head, serving the purpose of a large hat. This piece is special, for fewer parasols from this period exist in museums than from the 1870s onward.
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