Drawstring bag

early 17th century

Object Place: England


Overall (without tassels and cord): 13 x 14 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Small square drawstring bag. Silk embroidery in tent stitch completely covers the natural colored linen substrate. The motif is stylized flowers (honeysuckles, pansies, etc.) in a half-drop repeat. The flowers are worked in soft colors on a dark green ground. Alternate rows of flowers are framed by lobed compartments worked with gold and silver metallic threads in relief. Metallic thread embroidery includes chain stitch, double chain stitch, braided stitch, knots.

Silk and metallic braided cords. Two wood-core drawstring pulls covered in braided silk and gold with seed pearls. Three tassels at bottom. The lining has been cut out, but scraps of blue silk lining remain.


Carrie Lauer Lehman (d. 1937), New York; to her husband, Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York; 1938, gift of Philip Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 21, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman