Art/ Collection/ Art Object


17th century
leather, metal thread
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1940
Accession Number:
C.I.40.194.30a, b
Not on view
During the seventeenth century, elaborately embroidered gloves were commissioned to be made as presents for distinguished visitors, patrons, and heads of state. Their status as purely decorative objects, rather than practical everyday wear, has resulted in the survival of an unusually large number of gloves of this type.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.

Museum of Costume Art. "Sources of Fashion Inspiration and Fashions in Wartime," November 6, 1941–April 8, 1942.

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