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Tunic

Object Number:31-29-5
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Sitka
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Bear Hide
Elk Hide
Pigment
Quill
Length: 83.5 cm
Width: 73 cm
Credit Line:Museum Purchase, 1931
Other Number:10-31 - Field No SF

Description

"Bear Coat" tunic made of bear hide with elk hide shoulder panels and a border on three sides and a decorative, loose band of quillwork. The front and back panels are made from bear hide with gray fur present on the exterior. An approximate 6" border of painted and fringed elk hide is stitched to the bear skin along two sides and the bottom edge of the garment. The garment opens on the fringed side. The other side seam is joined by three red hide ties running down the length of the garment. The elk hide border is painted with formline designs in blue, black, and red pigment; this is likely a bird design as wings and talons are discernable. A woven strip of quillwork with a wrapped fringe is attached loosely across the center, front, and back of the tunic.

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