This interesting purse would have been worn flipped over a belt and would look good worn with the Mandarin’s belt currently listed on this site. This example has the main section of blue fabric lined with pink and two decorative panels of cream silk with intricate borders in black with a variety of embroidered moths. In the centre of one is a mythical figure playing a musical instrument with a dragon and the other of a lady flying on a mythical bird. Each of these panels hides a small pocket behind them and there is also a long pocket at the back, the opening edged with green and pink embroidery. The embroidery is in very good condition for age but the blue fabric section has a few areas of fabric loss but the “feeler” of the dragon may need re-attaching. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of Oriental or unusual purses. Maximum length 13.75 ins (34.6cm) x width 3.4 ins (8.4cm). Weight 30 grams. This item appears in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 276.
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