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Mount for Purse or Escarcelle

Mount for Purse or Escarcelle

c. 1559

workshop of Diego de Çaias

(Spanish, 1535-1560)

Steel with gold inlay

Overall: 19 x 13.9 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1550


This object served as a frame for a mounted leather or cloth purse. Worn by men at the waist, such purses were attached by means of a suspension swivel. The handsome gold inlay depicting hunting and military scenes includes the inscription ALFONSVS ESTENSIS, as well as a coat-of-arms that identifies the owner as Alfonso II d'Este, created Duke of Ferrara in 1559.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
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