MATERIAL: Cotton
DIMENSIONS: Dimensions: 29 x 118 inches (300 x 73.66 cm)
COMPONENTS: Cotton painted with still vibrant natural earth pigments in shades of red-orange, brown, and black. A composition of stepped diagonal bands containing birds with fish in their beaks, alternating with bands of Inca crosses, and joined squares framing abstract humans and monkeys disposed both frontally and in profile.
CONDITION: In good condition, mounted to linen on stretcher bars, areas of dark stains.
NOTES: Published:
James W. Reid, The Lee M. Elman Collection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian Textiles, 2007, Editorial Ausonia, Lima, Peru, detail on page 15.
ITEM ID: 5568
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A Large Chimu Panel

DATE
Notes: circa 1100-1400 AD

A large Chimu panel.

The Chimu were a culture that lasted from around 900 A.D. until 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.