probably Italian

Not on view

Purchased in Rome, this pouch bag displays distinctive and unusual iconography: a curling floral motif on one side and what appears to be a sporting motif on the other. The contradictions give the bag a whimsical, personalized air.

Margaret S. Bedell (1861-1932) donated, by gift or bequest, over 500 objects to the Brooklyn Museum, including furniture, quilts, samplers, costume and Native American beadwork. Her collection of American and European beaded bags includes examples from Philadelphia and the Catskill Mountain region of New York State, as well as Italy, Austria, Germany, and Holland.

Pouch, glass, linen, silk, probably Italian

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