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An irregular cut piece of natural brown cotton with red and brown deer arranged alternately in a rectangular grid. The grid is defined by alternating red and brown lines in warp and weft directions. The deer is shown in profile, with tail, two antlers and a speckled body. Two original edges remain: a warp selvedge with heading cords and a weft selvedge that appears to be hemmed with ancient thread. Z-spun single in warp; s-spun singles in weft; z-spun, singles in weft; z-spun, two ply alpaca yarns.

History Of Use

The paired, one-ply warps of this fragment are the basis for identifying it as Chimu Style (Rowe). As well, the antlered deer is a frequent theme in north coast styles. The original cloth may have been a garment as it is decorated with some camelid (alpaca ?) yarns. However, it was probably recycled as the irregularly hemmed weft selvage indicates considerably use prior to the ancient mend.

Iconographic Meaning

The antlered deer appears regularly in the preceding Moche Style. On painted and modelled ceramic vessels, it appears in hunting scenes and associated with the prisoner theme, with a rope around its neck. It appears the deer may have been ritually hunted on the north coast.

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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