Sculpturesque Purse

Asayo Takeda

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 63.5 x 36.8 cm (25 x 14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, leather

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Double sculpturesque purse in wine red. The purses are abstractly shaped; the soft curves and sharp points contrast with one another, and the purses (one small one large) interact with eachother somewhat awkwardly. The sturdy cotton fabric has most likely been dyed with natural dyes in shades of deep red. The dyed surface is decoratively stitched with repetitive curvilinear designs (deep red thread). There are long deep red zippers allowing the user to open the purses. There are wrapped red leather straps which connect the two purses together . Like many of Takeda’s other works, this sculpturesque purse piece seems somewhat bodily and biomorphic in its shape, and unique features.


Before 2009, created by the artist, Asayo Takeda, Kyoto, Japan; 2009, sold by Takeda to Keiko Fukai, Chiba, Japan; 2013, gift of Fukai to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Keiko Fukai, KEIKO Gallery


Reproduced with permission.