Object photography

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Object description

  • Unangax^ (Aleut) artist
  • Jacket-cape, about 1820
  • Intestine, skin, wool, dye
  • Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States
  • H: 56 1/2 in, W: 34 1/2 in, D: 7 in (H: 143.5 cm, W: 87.6 cm, D: 17.8 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas Meek, 1821
  • E3662


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a three-piece intestine garment comprised of a hooded shirt, a cape, and a pair of pants. The hooded shirt is decorated at the collar, bottom edge and cuffs with an appliqué strip of red and black esophagus with red tufts of yarn.The outer coat is a cape with vertical and horizontal sea lion strips three inches wide, completely edged with red esophagus with green tufts of wool yarn. The outer cape is also trimmed with a bird skin hem and is decorated with a hook and eye. The pants are in the style of western sailor pants, with a front flap.

Exhibition History

  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011