Sunday, January 5, 2014

Buffalo Coat with Quillwork

Buffalo coat in the Nelson-Atkins Museum made by the Ojibwa (Chippewa) tribe as a gift to a white officer in 1789.


6 comments:

  1. I doubt VERY MUCH that is Buffalo ! That is just a blanket term museums use since they don't know hide types. The closeup looks like Elk and would be far superior for Coat purposes. Buffalo with the hair on is a different story.

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  2. Thanks for the comment Anonymous,
    But that isn't a small county museum.
    I'm sure someone was able to authenticate the Buffalo, perhaps an area out of view in the presented photographs shows a better representation of the actual hide used.
    They may even have documentation.

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  3. I know the term "Buffalo" was applied to this Coat before the Museum acquired it. Granted, the hole in the shoulder area does appear to be a lofty grain, (such as Buffalo) but I have a group of up close photos of this Coat and those show a smooth grain to the surface, such as Elk. I've worked with both hide types and you noticed each has it's own distinct qualities.

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  4. Thank You.
    You should contact the Museum, I'm sure they've been waiting for you to help with the correction.

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  5. I'm picking up a hint of snark here. Why would you take that route ?

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