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Drawstring bag

Late 16th–early 17th century


Dimensions

Overall (without tassels and cord): 14.6 x 15.2 cm (5 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

63.1368

Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with metallic thread, metal purl, Silk; Braided cords and tassels

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Collections

Europe , Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Square drawstring bag. Blue silk satin heavily embroidered with gold metallic thread, metal purl, and polychrome silk. Stylized floral and Baroque motifs. Embroidery stitches include: satin stitch, laid couching, raised work, bullion knots. Four large gold and blue tassels--two at the sides are drawstring pulls; front and back of bag each have one tassel hanging from cord through center. Braided silk and metallic cords and handle. Lined in blue silk satin (fraying) with a layer of linen plainweave in between as well as some wool felt at top. Blue silk is worn at edges of bag.

Provenance

1963, Hermann Baer, London; 1963, sold by Baer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1963)

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund