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Purse with Two Figures under a Tree

14th century
Embroidery in silk & metal thread on canvas
Overall (with tassels): 11 3/4 × 6 3/4 in. (29.8 × 17.1 cm)
Purse only: 8 × 6 3/4 in. (20.3 × 17.1 cm)
Storage (Box): 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
Frédéric Engel-Gros, Switzerland; Edward S. Harkness
Ganz, Paul. L'oeuvre d'un amateur d'art, la collection de Monsieur F. Engel-Gros: Catalogue raisonné, avec la collaboration de MM. Raymond Koechlin, Gaston Migeon, Albert Baur. Genève: Éditions d'art Boissonnas, 1925. no. 108, p. 311, 328, fig. 118a.

Seligman, G. S., and Talbot Hughes. Domestic Needlework: Its Origins and Customs throughout the Centuries. London: Country Life, 1926. fig. XI.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "List of Accessions and Loans." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 22, no. 3 (March 1927). p. 93.

Morris, Frances. "A Gift of Embroideries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 27, no. 7 (July 1927). pp. 185, 189, ill. front cover.

Einhorn, Jürgen. "Spiritalis Unicornis: das Einhorn als Bedeutungsträger in Literatur und Kunst des Mittelalters." PhD diss., W. Fink, 1976. p. 457.

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