Drawstring bag

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk, silver and gold metallic threads Braided silk and metallic cords and tassels

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection