Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Parasol

Date:
ca. 1870
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, glass, wood, metal, ivory, linen
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Brooklyn Museum Collection
Accession Number:
2009.300.2664
Not on view
This parasol would have been the ultimate fashion conceit because it is neither functional nor protective. It is the smallest parasol in the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, with a length of 22 3/4". The parasol is especially unusual because it is beaded, worked in the same manner as the beaded bags that were so prevalent in the nineteenth century. The collapsible handle, which allows the parasol to collapse to a length of 12 1/2", would allow the parasol to function more like a fan.
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