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Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University
Item: coat

Date: unknown

Area: Southwestern Québec

Catalogue number: Hunterian Museum E128

Dimensions: Length (including strap) 63.5cm; width unknown (on display)

Technique: Hide pieced together with very fine stitching; back and side gores stitched together before being painted; outer sleeve seam sewn last; shoulders and back yoke entirely painted; painted collar folds over painted yoke; front opens straight down; no fastenings.

Motifs: Double-curve, complex "snowflake-like" designs, repeated simple diamonds, repeated diamonds with central dots, repeated triangles, dots, tiny circles, zigzags

Collector: secondary collector: Dr. William Hunter

Notes: A note included with the collection documentation regarding "Indian Artefacts from Eastern Canada" reads: "There are in the collection several American Indian objects which can be attributed stylistically to the Great Lakes area of eastern Canada and the USA, or to the Hudson Bay area, and dated to the late 18th or very early 19th centuries...It seems likely that Hunter obtained these objects in the 1760s and 1770s from traders and soldiers who had been in Canada at the time of the wars with the French..." Hunter's collection was given to the University in 1783.

References: Burnham, Dorothy K. 1992. To Please the Caribou. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum. Pp.104-107