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Red tapestry square with brown feline ? in profile, with frontal head. A crescent shaped crest sprouts from the side of the head. The creature has ears, protruding yellow tongue and a long tail. The body has spots and back has a zigzag outline. The feet are large and square with zigzag claws. One warp selvedge with heading wefts and two weft selvedges are present. A-spun, 2 plied z (warps) and z-spun, 2 plied s (wefts). Remnants of sewing thread along both weft selvedges.

History Of Use

The animal with the crescent crest is a standard Chimu motif. It is repeated 12 times on a large hanging in King (fig. 35). The warp and weft spinning are consistent with north coast tapestry practices (Rowe).

Iconographic Meaning

The crescent headdress occurs in many Chimu representations of important or mythical personages (Rowe). The stacked triangles at the tail are a feature of the Chimu Style but the meaning is not apparent.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 900 and 1200
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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