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Purse

Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Canvas worked with silk and metal thread, glass beads, spangles; Gobelin, tent, and detached buttonhole stitches; silk cord and silk and metal thread tassels
Dimensions:
Overall (excluding tassels and draw cord): 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1929
Accession Number:
29.23.15
Not on view
Small decorative purses and bags such as this one rarely appear in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century portraits, but they have survived in relatively large numbers. This example, with its lively pattern of flowers, birds, and butterflies, was executed with a generous amount of gold and silver metal thread of very high quality, worked with polychrome silk threads to create subtly shaded colors.
Percival D. Griffiths ; [ Frank Partridge, Inc. , 1929; sold to MMA ]
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