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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Does this look like a lute to you?

I'm researching the end of the Middle Ages for reasons that will become apparent in the months to come, and I found this little gem. It's a purse from 16th century Venice, and the shape is listed as "Lute". From the caption: "...suspended the waist of the dress, very much in vogue, the 'bag-shaped lute' ..."

That's right, it was a lady's purse that hung suspended at the waist. 

Furthermore, the translated caption suggests this was a gift from a lover. I bet it was. I can see a lover giving a girl a ...LUTE... shaped purse that hung near the juncture of her thighs. You know, I think lutes should make a comeback. What girl wouldn't want a lute shaped purse? It would be perfect for putting your cellphone in! But remember, phones on vibrate while you're at work, girls. 

Maybe it's just me and I have a dirty mind. Vote in the comments: Lute or Not? 


  1. Replies
    1. Turn it upside down and it looks like Roger the alien from American Dad.

  2. 'Lute' is not what I thought of when I saw this...

  3. I immediately recognised a phallic symbol. Lawd have mercy, where are the kitty shaped wallets given to men in that era? ;)

  4. I'monna go with... NOPE.

  5. That depends ... how does it play?

  6. Was lute a Middle Ages euphemism?

  7. Does that translate to today's loot. It may have predated the red light as an advertising gimmick...I guess my mind is not much better than most of the others....

  8. For those asking, the website is here: http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/workbox/extpurse.htm