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Purse (France)

This is a Purse. It is dated 1910–30 and we acquired it in 1988. Its medium is cotton, glass and metal beads and its technique is stitching on black cotton machine-made net; chain stitch using a hook and block cotton threaded with glass beads. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The discovery of the Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 set off a frenzy for the visual imagery of ancient Egypt that penetrated every facet of design.
The winged scarab and lotus flower motifs of this purse were found on many of the tomb’s opulent artifacts. These motifs were particularly popular with luxury jewelry designers such as Cartier, who rendered them in precious stones and metals, echoing Tutankhamen’s own resplendent jewels.
While this purse was crafted of more modest materials, its motifs signified nonetheless that the wearer was up to date with the latest in fashion and style.

This object was donated by Mrs. Dorothy T. Globus. It is credited Gift of Dorothy Twining Globus.

  • Scarab (USA)
  • mold-blown favrile glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of K.R. Gerry.
  • 1958-51-1

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Vanity Case, Egyptian
  • gold, platinum, engraved mother-of-pearl plaques, egyptian blue faience....
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. VC 64 A24.
  • 86.2016.8

Its dimensions are

H x W (including handle): 50.8 × 17.1 cm (20 × 6 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Purse (France); cotton, glass and metal beads; H x W (including handle): 50.8 × 17.1 cm (20 × 6 3/4 in.); Gift of Dorothy Twining Globus; 1988-23-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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