Drawstring bag

Late 16th–early 17th century

Object Place: England


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund