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Chimu Woven Textile - PF.2139a
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 800 AD to 1400 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Textile

Location: United States
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Chimu weavers created textiles that combined brilliant colors with richly stylized patterns. Such weavings served a variety of functions: decorations, ritual objects, burial shrouds, and clothing. This superb tapestry uses a limited but pleasing palette of red, yellow, and brown vegetable dyes. The central motifs, frontal figures typical of Chimu weaving, appear to represent fertility gods associated with agriculture or vegetation. Such textiles remind us that Ancient Peru was a lively, colorful place, a world full of sound and movement. As we admire the skillful beauty of this tapestry, we share our pleasure with those who first beheld it centuries ago. - (PF.2139a)


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