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Fireman's coat

Fireman's coat

19th century

Fireman’s coats often have elaborate designs in the interior. A stylized dragon and clouds over edges of a building adorn this one. The dragon, thought to have magical powers to bring water, would have been auspicious for a firefighter.
Cotton cloth with indigo dye
38 x 46 3/8 in. (96.52 x 117.79 cm)
Gift of the Christensen Fund
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Textures of Daily Life: Firefighters' Jackets from the 18th and 19th Centuries, July 17, 2004 - Jan. 17, 2005.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, Feb. 8, 2020 - ongoing [on view Dec. 10, 2021 - July 24, 2022].

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