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Parasol

Date:
1890–99
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, wood, metal, jet
Dimensions:
36 in. (91.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert S. Kilborne, 1958
Accession Number:
2009.300.2460
Not on view
Featured, is a quintessential parasol of the period. The outstanding feature of this piece is the jet beaded handle. In addition, showing the importance of the inside of the parasol which the user would see, this parasol has delicate layers of mousseline de soie. The drapery of the lace and mousseline de soie over the ends of the parasol adds additional flare and echoes the layering of the garments from the period. Layering such feminine fabrics was typical of the latter 1890s and continued into the early 20th century.
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