Parasol
Parasol
Parasol
Parasol
Parasol
Parasol


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing Accessories
Women's Clothing ➔ Parasol

Identifier:
136295
Description:
This parasol has an emerald silk canopy with layers of pronounced ruffles. The ribs are brass and there is a circular closure made of bone at the base of the canopy. The handle is made of painted black wood and a silk flower is attached at the midpoint.   

Women often carried parasols to protect their complexion from the sun.  A fair complexion was prized as a symbol of a life of leisure, showing that these women didn't have to work outside and could spend their days inside. A parasol differs from an umbrella in that a parasol generally protects one from the sun whereas an umbrella protects one from the rain or other elements.
 
Materials:
Silk, Wood, Metal
Dimensions:
45.5"" h 33"" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Josephine Van Thoff
Rights:

Maker/Donor
Josephine Van Thoff
Related Place
Grand Rapids
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