Frog Purse

Anonymous, English

 
Frog Purse
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 24cm

Description

This charming frog purse may have held perfume sachets or herbs rather than coins. It is constructed using needlepoint stitching over silk fabrics attached to a firm foundation, possibly leather. The underneath section has a mottled appearance created by laying down little patches of green silk floss between the silk and needlepoint mesh.

Image Details

Artist
 
Date
 
17th century
Accession Number
 
WA1947.191.324
Material
 
silk and metal threads, silk floss, silk fabric, leather (?), wire and glass beads; Detached needlepoint, laid and couched stitches

image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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