Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Chancay - Artifact #7
WHO: Chancay culture
WHERE: Central coast, Peru
WHEN: Late Intermediate Period/ Late Horizon, A.D. 1200-1550
WHAT: Finely woven head-cloth made with two panels of gauze weave joined in centre. Repeating embroidered outlining creates designs consisting of two figures in diagonals: pelican shown standing, alternating with a transforming figure with a pelican head on the body of a quadruped in profile.
Length: 100 cm
HOW: Gauze weave; there are two structures used to give the figure-ground contrast: the denser figures are 1/1 in alternate alignment, and the more open background is 1/1 in vertical alignment. The added embroidered outlines follow around the figures; cotton warp and weft threads, highly over-twisted.
MUSEUM: Textile Museum of Canada. T81.0100