Textile Item Number: Sf820 a-b from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Two cut fragments (part a and b) of brown cotton weave of approximately the same size. Each rectangular piece has two brocaded composite motifs with bird, serpentine and humanoid characteristics. One edge on each piece has a tubular woven border with fish motifs.

History Of Use

The technical and iconographic features are consistent with Chancay fabrics but the use of this type of fabric is unclear.

Iconographic Meaning

The composite, brocade motif has a floating bird in the centre and four serpent heads curving out from the central hexagon. It also has two heads (human ? feline ?) with antenna-like projections. Composite motifs are very frequent in Chancay but their meanings are not clear.