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Picture made into purse cover

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Embroidered picture. Polychrome silks worked primarily in chain stitch on purple silk. Border of putti, urns, and symbols of crucifixion worked with gilt and silver-gilt threads and silks. Borders have been cut. Present shape is not original one. Condition good; colors exceptionally vivid.


Raphael Stora, New York; sold by Stora to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1964, sold by Loewi to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1964)

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Probably Italian, 16th century

Object Place

Italy (probably)


31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts