Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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duck skin cape
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • duck skin cape, late 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • eider duck skin, wool?, silk, plastic?
  • Object Height/Width: 45 x 144 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 11/16 x 56 11/16 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7117

The cape is made from a portion of a repurposed eider duck skin blanket. It is a long rectangle, most of which is a patchwork of light brown downy feathered skins. One long edge of the cape and two short edges have white, grey, and light green feathered skins from the back of the duck's head. There is a plastic amber colored chain to fasten at the neck on the side without the colored feathers.

It is lined with plaid wool and a light grey silk.