late 16th–early 17th century
Object Place: England
Overall (without tassels and cord): 13 x 13 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Linen plain weave embroidered with silk, silver and gold metallic threads Braided silk and metallic cords and tassels
Not On View
Small square drawstring bag. Linen substrate completely covered in embroidery. Silver metallic thread in slanted satin stitch covers ground. Floral and insect motifs in tent stitch with polychrome silk threads. Gold thread in plaited braid stitch forms winding stems for flowers. Gold looped metal purl in flower center.
Two wood-core braided drawstring pulls, three tassels at bottom. Pink silk and metallic braided strings, pink silk lining. Lining worn away in places, moderate fading of silks, metals bright.
Elizabeth Day McCormick collection; Gift to the MFA, October 14, 1943
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection