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Many layers of stout skin leaf cut with bits of colored silk (and possibly mica) set into circular design representing reticella lace. Eight carved ivory sticks. Iron rivet with brass washer in form of flaming star.

Provenance

1976, Esther Oldham, Wellesley, MA; gift of Miss Oldham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1976)

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

Italian or French, About 1590–1600

Object Place

Italy or France

Dimensions

Length of guard: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); maximum open: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.); arc: 110°

Accession Number

1976.182

Medium or Technique

Carved ivory sticks and cut skin leaf with silk plain weave and mica inserts

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes