Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Chimú - Artifact #3

Cloth fragment - Chimú

WHO: Chimú culture

WHERE: North coast, Peru

WHEN: Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1200-1450

WHAT: Fragment from a larger cloth with part of a stepped diamond outline; possibly from the central motif of a mantle woven from 3 panels. Various birds and fish are depicted, including condors shown in profile with embellished raised wings. The condor was a common subject in highland Andean art. As a master of the skies which preyed upon a great many creatures below, the condor was an important symbol of power. However, this textile is from the coast, not the highlands. Made by the Chimú, this is a rare example of a condor among pieces from this location and time period.
Fragment Height: 28 cm

HOW: Plain weave ground cloth, cotton warp and weft; supplementary camelid weft.

MUSEUM: Textile Museum of Canada. T81.0043

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