Monday, May 18, 2015

Quillwork-Embellished “Cree” Coat: Object Analysis for Anthropology of Museums

Quillwork-embellished leather coat collected by George Byron Gordon. Image Courtesy of Margaret Bruchac and the Penn Museum. Museum Object Number: NA3635.
Quillwork-embellished leather coat collected by George Byron Gordon.
Image Courtesy of Margaret Bruchac and the Penn Museum. Museum
Object Number: NA3635.
April, 30, 2015.
Pauline Saribas, of the Penn Museum Blog, has written a reflective post about a quillwork embellished "Cree" hide coat from the Penn Museum's collection which was obtained from the Hudson's Bay Company.

"It is hard to know what this particular coat meant to its Native maker and wearer. There is only slight evidence of wear on the inside and sleeve ends, suggesting it was rarely worn. Perhaps it was made specifically for a collector? Since the quillwork displays such careful symmetry, perhaps it was regalia to be worn on a special occasion? "

To read the full postclick here.

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