Women's bag - Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis

Women’s bag

The item of the month for March chosen by MNSR’s social media followers is a 19th century women’s bag, which reflects the taste of the net bags used by Roman women and the 18th century Empire style women’s attire. This style was influenced by fresco paintings from the ruins of Pompeii, discovered at that time.

Made with needle mesh, forming vertical bars, alternately smooth and lacy, this women’s bag is embroidered on the smooth bars with bouquets of flowers, birds and insects. It has a rigid base, made of bamboo segments placed in a zigzag pattern, suggesting a basket. It ends at the top with a bobbin lace frill and fastens with laces, finished off with two tassels.