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Gaming Purse (Italy)

This is a Gaming purse. It is dated 17th century and we acquired it in 1926. Its medium is silk, metallic yarns and its technique is embroidered in metallic yarns on supplementary warp pile (velvet), satin lining. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Wealthy men and women were expected to be skilled participants at the card table, and gambling was a natural extension of this socially acceptable pastime. While the rich materials used for this gaming purse show the impressive wealth of its owner, people often incurred ruinous debts at the card table.

This object was donated by Charles W. Gould. It is credited Gift of Charles W. Gould.

  • Bag, Small Shaving
  • gilded washi paper, silk, polyurethane.
  • Courtesy of Luisa Cevese Riedizioni.
  • 88.2015.10

Its dimensions are

H x W: 6 x 20 cm (2 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Gaming Purse (Italy); silk, metallic yarns; H x W: 6 x 20 cm (2 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.); Gift of Charles W. Gould; 1926-11-15

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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