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Dietmar von Aist shows a variety of purses and belts to his love interest while disguised as a peddler in the Manesse Codex, circa 1300–1320, Zürich, Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. pal. Germ. 848, fol. 64 recto

A margin scene possibly portraying negotiations between a man and a prostitute in a manuscript of the Romance of Alexander, circa 1344 (Flemish), Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS 264. She wears what appears to be a drawstring purse and a knife, which is notable considering that very few other women in the manuscript feature these utilitarian accessories. (Bodleian Library)

Two sides from a fragmented aumônière in the Musée Historique des Tissus in Lyon, France. The ground is red velvet with embroidered linen applied to it. The embroidery is done in silks and in silver or gold thread using satin, stem, and split stitches with couched work. The color image portrays the falconer as the bird and the lady as the falconer, in a playful switching of roles. The black and white image simply shows the falconer, posing flirtatiously. Michael Camille looks at this purse.

A mid-14th century French purse on display at the Cloisters in New York. This purse was constructed out of linen and embroidered in polychrome silks and metallic threads. It is rimmed by a series of tiny Turk’s head knots

An aumônière in the Musée national du Moyen Age (“the Cluny”) in Paris; it comes from the Abbay de St. Mihiel and is said to have been owned by la comtesse de Bar, probably made in mid-14th century Paris.

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