Drawstring bag

French
about 1650–1700


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall (without tassels and cord): 9.5 x 8 x 6 cm (3 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

43.1097

Medium or Technique

Silk and metallic threads; compound weave, plaited and knotted cords and tassels, metallic lace

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Small escutcheon-shaped drawstring bag. Four panels of gold metallic rep ground brocaded with polychrome silk and silver metallic yarns. Design of four known continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) so inscribed. Each panel depicts a richly dressed female figure surrounded by native plants and animals from her continent. In te case of Europe, she is shown with buildings and artifacts. Silver metallic binding at panel seams. Salmon/metallic braided drawstring with four large metallic and salmon tassels; similar tassel at base of bag. Tassels consist of knots, metallic lace, braiding over wood/paper core. Salmon silk faille lining.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection