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Kaross (skin cloak)

Kaross (skin cloak)

prior to 1892

Skins of small hydraxes are sewn in stripes to create the main body of this cloak. Spots interupt this sequence at the top where a civet cat's arms stretch out, as if to announce the presence of a chieftain. A very rare intact example of a 19th-century cloak, it was transported from Johannesberg to Idaho by an Irish miner named Paul Corcoran in 1892.

Skin and fur
78 x 54 in. (198.12 x 137.16 cm)
Gift of the family of Paul Corcoran
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Order and Border, February 26, 2010 - August 28, 2011

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Untold Story, November 14, 2003 - November 14, 2004

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