Quilt No.900MV - Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria
Owner: 
Museum Victoria
Location: 
VIC Melbourne
Maker
Maker: 
Unknown
Made in
AUSTRALIA Vic
Date: 
1851 - 1880
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
History: 

The cloak was made by an unknown Aboriginal person from Lake Condah in Western Victoria in 1872.

Story: 

"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 U.S.A. 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 23.8.00]

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