MATERIAL: Wool
TYPE: Tapestry
DIMENSIONS: 56 x 55 inches (142.24 x 139.7 cm); 63 x 62 inches (160 x 157.48 cm) (framed)
COMPONENTS: Squares with alternating patterns of a centered bird framed with floral shapes; and diagonal steps or abstract feline heads.
CONDITION: In good condition, mounted to linen on stretcher bars and framed, professionally restored with large areas of loss filled in with complimentary colors.
NOTES: Published:
James W. Reid, The Lee M. Elman Collection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian Textiles, 2007, Editorial Ausonia, Lima, Peru, a detail on page 21.
ITEM ID: 5574
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A Chimu Wool Tapestry Panel

DATE
Notes: circa 1400-1500 AD

A pre-Columbian multicolored wool tapestry weave.

The Chimu were a culture that lasted from 900-1470 A.D. along the northern coast of modern day Peru when they were conquered by the Inca. This was just 50 years before the arrival of the Spanish, and Spanish chroniclers were able to record accounts of the Chimu culture from individuals who had lived before the Inca conquest. Chimu artisans made notable multi-colored textiles and monochromatic pottery and metalwork. They worshipped the Moon as the essential deity of fertility, good weather and bountiful crops.