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Purse

Museum number:
9-21647
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090021647
Alternate number:
MVC-0609 (previous number (MVC number, Mossman-Vitale collection))
Accession number:
Acc.4734
Object count:
1
Description:
Purse; Imperial Era. H=40.6cm, W=25.4cm; Oval shape (folds to half oval). Red silk ground w/ pink emborodered peony, blue/green leaves and other flowers in white, purple and pink. some detail of flowers done in forbidden stitch. Edge decorated w/ fine woven tape plus black bias tape. Inner front is green silk bordered by 2 different finely woven tapes . Lining is pink cotton and has been cut at the bottom [to hide coins under lining]. Front and back are joined by black cloth [cottton or linen] that is decorated w/ 15 finely done endless knots of couched metalic thread.
Donor:
Kathleen Vitale and Paul Vitale
Collection place:
China
Verbatim coll. place:
China; Approximately 1850-1875. This is very fine embroidery and finely done decorative tapes used before the dynasty began to deteriorate.
Culture or time period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1912 AD)
Collector:
Rachel Gould Mossman
Materials:
Cotton (textile), Embroidery, Linen (material), Metal, and Silk
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
June 23, 2006
Context of use:
Woman’s purse.
Department:
Asia (except western Russia)
Dimensions:
width 25.4 centimeters and length 40.6 centimeters
Comment:
Conservation: Writing on inside lining at top; silk worn away at bottom of purse back & near fold in front.
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