ITEM 16336

Attush Robe

Ainu People, Hokkaido, Japan, or Sakhalin, Siberia
18th Century
Elm bark fiber, cotton, trade cloth, silk tassels, shells, fish bones, metal ornaments, Appliqué, embroidery
51 x 50 in / 127 x 130 cm

This unique robe, one of the very finest ever to come to light, likely belonged to a shaman or a high status chief. The graphic designs and organic attachments are powerful and mysterious and were believed to ward off evil.

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