Date: Late 1800s
Origin: Kamenskoye, Siberia
Dimensions: L: 115 cm W: 162 cm
Materials: hide, sinew, fur, natural dyes
Institution/Owner: American Museum of Natural History
Summary: The coat is part of the Siberian collection from the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, organized by Franz Boas from 1897-1902. The coat is associated with the Koryak culture, which was one of the subjects of an Institute for Museum and Library Services grant to treat Siberian artifacts. The object is described and illustrated in Waldemar Jochelson's "The Koryak," where he refers to the material as soft-dressed white reindeer skin with symmetrical arrangements of symbols. The coat was generally stable and appeared to be complete, with an overall layer of surface dirt and multiple creases and distortions. Treatment aimed to reduce surface dirt and reshape distorted areas in addition to creating a supportive insert. Since the coat will be accessed regularly, pesticide analysis and detailed handling instructions were included in the project.
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