- Museum number
'Coat of mail', or suit of leather 'armour' made from seven layers of horse hide sewn together with leather thongs and painted; there is a small hole, possibly from a bullet.
Height: 127 centimetres
Width: 162 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Dept. of Antiquities and Coins - Donations, p.60. British and Medieval Extracts (1757-1887),p.16. Object number allocated by CDMS staff in 1981. "Coat of mail made of seven horses' skins; used by the Araucanian Indians on the West Coast of South America; taken from body of an Indian shot by a party of Chilean soldiers sent to repel an incursion of the natives."
See also AOA list of objects in the collection (watermark 1845) including items presented by Capt. P.P. King from Coast of Patagonia: "A coat of mail of 7 folds of horse skin, used by the Araucanian Indians on the W. Coast of S. America, taken from the body of an Indian sent to disperse an incursion of the native tribes."
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Patagonia: The Uttermost End of the Earth'
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number