Sleeveless 19th century coat from Shkodër, a city in the northern Albania.

Sleeveless coat from Shkodër


This sleeveless coat from Shkodër (Scutari) on the Albanian-Montenegrin border demonstrates a remarkable degree of craftsmanship in its lavish use of gold cord, variety of curvilinear shapes, and use of negative space. The density of applied work against velvet is meant to replicate a rich and complex compound weave. The motifs show influences drawn from Ottoman design and demonstrate the cross-cultural effects of the region.



Object Details

Title: Sleeveless coat from Shkodër

Date: Fourth quarter 19th century

Culture: Albanian

Medium: Silk, metal

Timeline of Art History: Southern Europe, 1800-1900 A.D.

Preserved by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credit: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Van S. Merle-Smith, 1933.