Date: 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Silk, metal

Dimensions: H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Costumes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1929

Accession Number: 29.23.24


Though there is little historical textual reference to the use of these small purses, extant examples lead to the assumption that this was an optional accessory for Safavid women. This exquisite clutch is made of canvas and embroidered in metal thread and silks in long and short stitches. The reverse features a large singular embroidered flower treated with the same stitchwork. The ground is couched throughout in well-preserved silver wire. The edge of the purse and flap are finished with plaited cord and the interior is lined with crimson velvet. The size indicates that this would have been used to hold small objects and functioned as a largely decorative piece.