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Bag

Unknown1300/1400

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This pretty little bag is embroidered in crimson, yellow and white silk showing a trellis pattern forming spaces in which are geometric devices. Four of the spaces on each side are ornamented with a pelican in her piety pecking its breast, interlaced blossom devices, a curved rendering of the gammadion (symbol of the Cross) and the letter 'M' worked in gold thread. These symbols suggest the bag had a religious use. It may originally have contained relics.

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Details

  • Title: Bag
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1300/1400
  • Location: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 147 mm, Width: 125 mm
  • Medium: Linen embroidered in silk, with couched metal thread

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