One symbolism of a purse is the same as that of a bag: the feminine and the containing principle. We are attempting to conserve our Spiritual energy or power. The material that a purse is made from can have an important significance. A fine material could suggest affluence and a purse that is not appropriate for the occasion symbolizes literally being out of our comfort zone. The old saying ?You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear? has relevance in dreams. A purse is normally used to hold money, or something of value to us. In dreams it therefore becomes something of value it its own right. To find a purse would suggest that we have found something of value, whereas to lose a purse suggests that we may be being careless. For a woman to lose her purse in dreams would suggest that her essential nature as a woman is being compromised, whereas in a man's dream he may be losing the security he finds in his primary relationship.