Evening bag

early 21st century
Shirley Bierman (American, 1923–2010)

Object Place: United States


Height x width x circumference: 5 x 6 x 5 7/8 in.(12.7 x 15.2 x 15 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

`Emu egg, glass beads, glass stones (Swarovsky crystals), amethyst, gold-plated metal, glass mirror, silk velvet lining

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Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Egg-shaped evening bag made from an emu egg shell, covered with dark purple glass beads and dark and lighter purple Swarovsky crystals in metal settings, arranged in a radiating design. The top of the bag has an 8 ct. Quantum cut amethyst. Interior is lined in light purple velvet and gold braid trim with a mirror on the inside of the lid. Gilt metal frame and chain, metal and Swarovsky crystal feet; transparent label on mirror inside lid: “Shirley Bierman”.


Until 2008, collection of artist and donor Shirley M. Bierman, Rancho Mirage, CA; Gift of Bierman and her husband Edward to the MFA (November 19, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Edward and Shirley M. Bierman