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.
1976, Esther Oldham, Wellesley, MA; gift of Miss Oldham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1976)
Italian or French, About 1590–1600
Italy or France
Length of guard: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); maximum open: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.); arc: 110°
Medium or Technique
Carved ivory sticks and cut skin leaf with silk plain weave and mica inserts