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velvet shoulder bag
  • Mary Clause
  • velvet shoulder bag, 1993
  • Where object was made: Sanborn, New York, United States
  • velvet, cord, cloth, metal, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 25 x 23 cm height does not include strap
    Object Height/Width: 9 13/16 x 9 1/16 in height does not include strap
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2034

The wine colored circular purse has a flat top and bottom and a wine colored cord for a shoulder strap that is currently knotted. Most of the bag is velvet, but there is a satin-like border and a pink satin-like lining. It has a metal snap closure. White beaded picot edges the sides, bottom, and flap. There is looped white and colorless beaded fringe on the bottom.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a thin white line inside of a satin-like border. There is a green, white and red bird and a white flower with a pink center and colorless beaded leaves with bases in blue, orange and green. The flap is decorated with a cluster of leaves in the same coloration.

The beaded decoration on side two cosists of two clusters of three circle/flowers on stems at the middle bottom. It has colorless leaves with bases in red, pink, green, white, medium blue, orange, dark green, translucent yellow and yellow, that are splayed up both sides.