Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Muff

Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
feathers, wool
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Leo Wallerstein, 1920
Accession Number:
2009.300.1397
Not on view
Muffs, a popular accessory for women, and once for men, covered the hands, keeping them warm during the winter months as well as enhanced an ensemble. The muff featured here is a beautiful example of feather work, for each feather is applied to a natural hemp base. The curving of the feathers around the round shape produce a strong sense of motion, creating a stunning accessory for the viewer.
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