Register No.900MV
OwnerMuseum Victoria
Location VIC
MakerUnknown
Origin AUSTRALIA Vic
Pattern Animal Skins Pieced
Date1872
Dimensions (H x W in cm)207 x 154

History

This cloak was made by an unknown Aboriginal person from Lake Condah in western Victoria in 1872. "Only five possum skin cloaks made in south eastern Australia before 1900 have survived. Two are in Museum Victoria's collection. The others are in museums in Britain, the USA and Germany. The meaning of the designs on this cloak were not recorded. However designs could represent clan design, natural features, animals and plants." [Dr Michael Pickering, 23 August 2000]

Description

Possum skin cloak. Possum skins sewn together with vegetable fibre or kangaroo sinew. Designs incised into the skins, some of which are decorated with ochres.
2070 x 1540mm

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