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Two rectangular textile fragments of yellow and white slit tapestry with design bands separated by horizontal stripes (part a and b). The major design band, which appears on both fragments, is a series of chevrons with avian-feline(?) composites, triangles and interlocking spirals in adjacent chevrons. Part a, the larger fragment, also has a band of profile birds and another of interlocking spirals. A separately woven fringe is sewn to the warp selvedge. Fragments of blue sewing thread remain on the single weft selvedge.

History Of Use

A complete tunic of the type these fragments appear to have come from is in fig 100 (Rowe 1977). Such tunics are very large in size and were probably used as shirts for mummy bundles. The technical features of these fragments are consistent with central coast tapestry practices (Rowe 1980).


Chancay style, Late Intermediate Period; 900-1476 C.E.

Iconographic Meaning

The major motif appears to combine feline, avian, and human characteristics. This motif is common in Chancay and appears on another piece in this collection (Sf863).

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 900 and 1476
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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