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Catalog number 2002.7.9
Title Tapestry sleeve with image of two warriors
Object Name Sleeve
Description This Huarmey tapestry sleeve has images of two warriors holding staffs, central rectangular panel with two animal images, zigzag pattern in blue along bottom, red, white, blue, yellow, purple, and black colors.

According to the Andean scholar Rebecca Stone-Miller, Huari textiles "seem to celebrate geometry itself; their designs read as grid-based, rectilinear, strikingly coloristic, dynamic, and, above all, illegible pattern." As illegible as the fragment may appear, it is nevertheless clear that Huari weavers-typically women, often in collaboration-learned to express themselves, and to express state initiatives, in a language of abstraction. The abstracted iconography favored by Huari weavers included staff-bearing figures, tunic wearers, frontal faces, profile faces, skulls, animals, stepped diamonds, and stepped triangles and frets.

Citattion: Extract taken from essay by Jeremy George, "Variations on an Imperial Message: Wari [Huari] Textiles in Perspective," in "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," (G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, September 8 - October 24, 2009), 27.
Medium/Material Camelid tread
Dimensions W-4 L-14 inches
Year Range from 700.0
Year Range to 900.0
Search Terms Pre-Columbian
South America
Huari Empire
8th century AD
9th century AD
10th century AD
Exhibition and Publication History * "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY, September 8 - October 24, 2009.
Culture Huarmey