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Purse

Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silk and metal thread on canvas
Dimensions:
L. 3 x W. 2 5/8 inches (7.6 x 6.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1929
Accession Number:
29.23.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
The elaborately embroidered purses exhibited in this case probably correspond to the sweet bags" recorded in a number of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century inventories. The purses appear to have been worn around the person and to have carried scented herbs and essences to ward off the evil smells of daily life.
Percival D. Griffiths ; [ Frank Partridge, Inc. , 1929; sold to MMA ]
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