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Headcloth Fragment

A work made of cotton, gauze weave; embroidered with cotton in simple looping stitch.
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  • A work made of cotton, gauze weave; embroidered with cotton in simple looping stitch.

Date:

1000/1476

Artist:

Chancay
Central coast, Peru

About this artwork

This extraordinary fragment from a headcloth, with its fineness of thread and complex construction, exemplifies Chancay gauze weaving. In Chancay culture, gauze weave relates to the tradition of coastal fishing, as the art form likely grew out of techniques associated with the making of fishing nets. This fragment displays two feline heads linked to the same body. Peru is home to a variety of wild cats, including the jaguar, puma, and pampas cat. These predatory felines were feared as well as worshipped, and they are associated with a wide range of Peruvian beliefs pertaining to ceremonial practices, the supernatural realm, astronomy, and the power of rulers.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Chancay

Title

Headcloth Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 1000–1476

Medium

Cotton, gauze weave; embroidered with cotton in simple looping stitch

Dimensions

32.4 × 39.4 cm (12 3/4 × 15 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland

Reference Number

1954.219

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