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Purse and needlecase

Purse and needlecase

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocade and leather with metal boss

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Suzanne Levi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A purse and needlecase are attached by a cord and includes a circular metal boss. The purse is a curved rectangular shape and is decorated in red brocade surrounded by rows of white and blue embroidered stitches and a leather binding strip. The needlecase is a long and narrow in shape with outward flaring edges. The top flap is secured by a small circular metal boss. The blue and white embroidered decoration is edged with a leather strip. The circular boss is has an open work design including two snake/lizard type animals and a foliate pattern.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)


20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocade and leather with metal boss


Length: 49 cm total, Height: 9 cm purse, Width: 13.5 cm purse, Depth: 2.5 cm purse, Diameter: 5 cm boss, Height: 14.2 cm needlecase, Width: 8.3 cm needlecase, Depth: 1 cm needlecase, Length: 27 cm cord

Object history note

Bequest of Suzanne Levi

Descriptive line

Purse and needlecase on belt, Tibet, 20th century.


Iron; Brocade; Leather


Needlework accessories; Accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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