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Woman's handbag

Designed by Judith Leiber (American (born in Hungary), 1921 – 2018), Retailed by Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1898)

Object Place: United States


Overall (Handbag): 15.2 x 22.9 cm (6 x 9 in.) Overall (Cover bag): 31.8 x 21.6 cm (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Snakeskin, silk (taffeta), faux gold, and brass; cotton plain weave (flannel)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black snakeskin purse with a gold chain, brass closure, and black lining. Labeled: “Judith Leiber”. Blue flannel drawstring cover bag for purse. Labeled: “Judith Leiber/ New York”


Gift from Marilyn M. Maxwell (donor's mother) December 25, 1987; 2005 Gift to MFA, September 21, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Stewart Shillito Maxwell, Jr. in memory of his mother Marilyn M. Maxwell