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Shakhùkwiàn (Man’s Coat)

Lenni Lenape/Delaware artist, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

The soft, velvet-like tanned deerskin and intricate floral applique of this shakhùkwiàn reveal Lenape women’s artistry and technical skills. The coat features six layers of cut fringe, a three-tiered cape at the neck and shoulders for warmth, and an evenly stitched waist—all details that make it an exceptional example of leatherwork. Jewel-toned glass beads with contrasting white and indigo outlines are classic Lenape elements. Elaborate bodily adornment with shells, beads, and metal signifies spiritual health and physical well-being.

Shakhùkwiàn (Man’s Coat), Hide, cloth, glass beads, cotton tread, Lenni Lenape/Delaware artist, Native American

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