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Purse

Purse

  • Place of origin:

    Assam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, mirror, seeds, appliqued, partly embroidered with floss silk, beaded

  • Museum number:

    IS.155-1989

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Leather purse with mirror work inserts and small orange seeds set in the lower part. Further decorated with applique leather strips around the mirrors and seeds, and the remains of floss silk embroidery at the top. The whole purse is covered with leather thongs inserted through seeds and ending in flattened leather beading. These almost entirely obscure the decoration of the body of the purse. Long leather twisted thongs are attached to the mouth for closure. These also end in clusters of seeds and leather ornaments.

Place of Origin

Assam (made)

Date

ca. 1940 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Leather, mirror, seeds, appliqued, partly embroidered with floss silk, beaded

Dimensions

Width: 8.6 cm, Length: 12 cm

Descriptive line

Leather purse with mirror work, Assam, ca. 1940

Production Note

Possibly Naga Hills, Assam (or Afghanistan?). From Archer collection.

Materials

Leather; Glass; Seeds

Techniques

Stitching

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Accessories; Leather; Clothing

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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