Drawstring bag

about 1650–1700

Object Place: France


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

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Medium or Technique

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

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection