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Catalog number 63.50
Title Fragment with two figures
Object Name Textile
Description Though the weaver and painter of the Fragment with two figures is unknown, she was clearly highly skilled. This painted fabric displays two figures, one profile animal, probably a llama, and one frontal anthropomorphic male with a crescent headdress and mask-like face. Each figure is rendered in a solid black line and is enclosed within a roughly-square geometric form. The square surrounding the llama is comprised of triangles. The human figure with the headdress and raptorial hands and feet is not unlike images of the so-called Lord of Sipan from the Moche culture (ca. C.E. 1-600), which preceded the Chimu in the same northern coastal valleys. A horizontal line and the hint of vertical lines demarcating and separating the two figures suggest that the fragment was originally part of a greater grid of images. The brownish ground color behind the human figure is the same color as the body of the llama figure, and the tannish ground color behind the llama (the natural color of the fabric) is the same as the internal coloring of the human figure. This balanced reversal promotes both aesthetic pleasure and a sense of unified composition, a compositional strategy similar to the reversals in Wari textiles seen in this exhibition.
Jeremy George, "The Fragile and the Prestigious: Chimu and Chancay Textiles," in "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," (G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 14-June 1, 2006), 30.
Medium/Material Wool, natural dyes
Dimensions H-6.5 W-3.25 inches
Year Range from 1000.0
Year Range to 1476.0
Search Terms Americas
South America
Huari Empire
6th century AD
7th century AD
8th century AD
9th century AD
10th century AD
11th century AD
12th century AD
13th century AD
14th century AD
15th century AD
16th century AD
Exhibition and Publication History * Amy Winter, ed. "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, September 8 - October 24, 2009, 30.
Culture Peruvian, Chimu