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Irregular, white cotton textile with row of six profile llamas (some partial) with double-headed snakes above their backs. Red and black llamas alternate, each with chevron stripes of yellow, black, blue, and red. The patterning is in a supplementary weft weave. One finished edge is partially intact and has three heading cords in place. The other fabric edges are oxidized or cut.

History Of Use

The technique relates this fragment to others that are bags; however, the piece is too small for certain identification. Llamas, arranged in rows, are a frequent device in coastal Inca textiles (d'Harcourt, pl. 82; O'Neale, pl. 29). However, the iconography and techniques are found in Middle Horizon Period textiles as well.

Iconographic Meaning

Profile view of llamas and double headed serpents.

Item History

  • Made in Peru between 550 and 1532
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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