Purse, early 17th century
Canvas worked with silk and metal thread, glass beads, spangles; Gobelin, tent, and detached buttonhole stitches; 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm) excluding tassels and draw cord
Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1929 (29.23.15)
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.