Purse

Date: last quarter 16th century

Culture: British

Medium: silk, gold, silver, linen

Credit Line: Purchase, Judith and Gerson Leiber Fund, 1986

Accession Number: 1986.300.1

Description

Elaborately embroidered purses such as this example were known as "sweet bags" and were used to carry scented herbs or essences to cover unpleasant odors.

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