Cape (clothing)


From: Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA5770
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chilkat (uncertain) | Tlingit
Provenience Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Hide | Pigment | Quill
Technique Painted

Cape made from fine animal hide with green, black, and red painted formline designs. Slit cut for head. Garment has rounded bottom edges and two tiers of dyed porcupine quill wrapped fringe around the entire garment. The front depicts a painted wolf's head with front paws. Back side of cape depicts a bird (Eagle?) with wings and head. The area around the neckline shows traces of red pigment. Wrapped fringe alternates areas of white undyed quillwork with areas of dyed quill wrapped fringe in patterned sequences of blue-red-blue and blue-yellow-blue.

Length 66 cm
Width 71 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedtion to the Northwest Coast, Louis Shotridge, 1917

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