Drawstring bag

English
1575–1625


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Overall (without tassels and cord): 9 x 9 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.1082

Medium or Technique

Linen; plain weave embroidered with silk, metallic threads, wire, metal purl, spangles, glass bead; braided silk cords and tassels

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small square drawstring bag. Motif of flowers with coiling gold wire stems; insect and small bird. Linen canvas ground completely covered in embroidery. Silver metallic threads make ground in slanted satin stitch. Three-dimensional flower petals and leaves of silver-wrapped color silk threads in detached buttonhole stitch. Polychrome silk embroidery in tent stitch. Also plaited braid stitch, couching, bullion knots, raised work, metal purl, flattened coiled wire.

Braided silk cords, two wood-core drawstring pulls, three tassels at bottom. Pink silk lining–missing in places. Some metal wires loose.

Provenance

Elizabeth Day McCormick collection; Gift to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection