Purse (Spain), late 17th century

Flat rectangular bag of heavy green satin, embroidered in gold and silver metallic yarns and coral-colored silk. On one side the pious pelican is plucking her breast to provide sustenance for her young. Bishop’s crooks point inward from the corners. On the other side, a stylized flowering branch in a pitcher, with animals and birds. The embroidery is worked through the satin into a heavy linen backing. Remains of loop and knot fastening at top; coral and gold cord edging, with small tassels at intervals; lined with coral silk taffeta.

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