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Coat and leggings

Coat and leggings

Coat and leggings

Salmon skin, brass and stone buttons, thread, pigment

H: 166; W: 120 cm

Gift of the Faith-dorian and Martin Wright family, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B98.0789, B98.0788

Arts/Americas

Salmon skin coats and leggings were worn as summer garments by the people of the lower Amur region. They were made of several fish skins sewn together, the seams invisible, and treated as a single piece of cloth. Because the fish scales are on the outside, it is clear that these garments were used as waterproof clothing. This elegant and ample men’s coat lacks the more elaborate appliqué designs often found on women’s coats. Only a few such garments exist today.