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Border Fragment

A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), bands of plain weave, slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts, and three-color complementary weft weave; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), bands of plain weave, slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts, and three-color complementary weft weave; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe.

Date:

A.D. 1000/1476

Artist:

Chancay
Central coast, Peru

About this artwork

The Chancay primarily occupied the Huaura, Chancay, and Chillón river valleys along the central coast of Peru. Despite the fact that numerous examples of Chancay artwork survive, little is known about their culture and textile tradition. However, the quality of Chancay textiles demonstrates the importance of the artform within this enigmatic community. Rows of venomous scorpions scurry across the central area of this fragment, accompanied by a band of interlocking birds. These noctrnal arachnids are associated with death, war, and the supernatural realm and likely reference the fearsome warriors who ruled over the different Chancay communities.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Chancay

Title

Border Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 1000–1476

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), bands of plain weave, slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts, and three-color complementary weft weave; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe

Dimensions

34.2 × 39.3 cm (13 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1775

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