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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 2015.1.3
Object Name Print
Description "Bishop's Cope/Ghost Shirt," 2014, from the portfolio, "Drawn from the McClung Museum," etching, chine-collé, and handwork, by Lynne Allen. Edition: 1/30

Designed in response to McClung Museum object 1961.4.1, European embroidered silk ecclesiastical bishop's cope, ca. 1700-1750.

Artist's statement: In organized religions, vestments like the Bishop's Cope are signs of authority. They serve to hide the personality of the man while highlighting his special calling, his "belief" in something unseen and greater than himself.

The Native American Ghost Shirt, sacred to certain factions of Lakota people, was thought to guard against bullets through spiritual power, protecting the wearer enough to actively resist white oppression. This "belief" was an effort to make things the way they were before the invasion of whites.

The Ghost Shirt and Bishop's Cope share a history, utilizing the ornateness of their culture in their dress, and sharing a belief in a spiritual power .

Title Bishop's Cope/Ghost Shirt, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum
Date 2014
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Allen, Lynne
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique etching, chine-colle, handwork
Dimensions H-15 W-20 inches
Credit line Gift of the artist
Place of Origin US
Subjects Native American
American history
Clothing & dress
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