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Purse

Date:
last quarter 16th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, gold, silver, linen
Credit Line:
Purchase, Judith and Gerson Leiber Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.300.1
Not on view
Elaborately embroidered purses such as this example were known as "sweet bags" and were used to carry scented herbs or essences to cover unpleasant odors.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Curios and Treasures," August 15, 2000–April 29, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620," October 20, 2015–January 10, 2016.

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