Mules

Date: first quarter 17th century

Culture: British

Medium: linen, silk, metallic, leather

Dimensions: Length: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Width: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1929

Accession Number: 29.23.11

Description

By the sixteenth century, embroidery had become a highly developed art form in England and on the Continent. The proliferation of printed materials, particularly books of embroidery designs, provided a wealth of motifs for both the amateur and professional embroiderer. The superb workmanship found in this early seventeenth-century mule suggests professional design and manufacture.

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