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Chimu Woven Textile - PF.2140
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 36" (91.4cm) high x 19" (48.3cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Textile

Location: United States
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This splendid textile depicts, in two identical tiers, one of the central themes of Chimu textile art: frontal figures surrounded by jungle birds and monkeys. Scholars are uncertain as to the exact meaning of this motif; some believe it represents a God, or a priest dressed as a God, while others propose it is a depiction of a specific Chimu king. Clearly, as the presence of the animals suggests, this is an individual possessing a great power over nature. The palette is simple, but the colors are rich: brilliant scarlet, earthy sienna, and warm ochre. Such a work, a masterpiece of Chimu weaving, may once have hung in a palace. Wherever it hangs today, it is certain to enhance its surrounding s with its aura of stately beauty. - (PF.2140)


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