Frog Purse

Anonymous, English

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


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

17th century
Accession Number
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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