Long purse

Turkish (for the Western market)
late 18th century

Object Place: Turkey (for the Western market)


Overall: 41.5 x 8 cm (16 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; netting embroidered with silk, metallic threads, metal; braided silk tassel

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long purse made of green silk threads netted in lozenge pattern. Squared end is embroidered with polychrome silk, silver metallic threads, linen, and flat metal strips in Baroque floral motif. Embroidery stitches include raised work, satin stitch, laid and couched stitches. Large braided tassel at other end. Opening is a slit in the center of one side, starting at the tassel and continuing for 7”. Sliders missing.


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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection