Headcloth

A work made of cotton, plain gauze weave; embroidered in knotted couching.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain gauze weave; embroidered in knotted couching.

Date:

1000/1476

Artist:

Chancay
Peru, Central coast

About this artwork

With its delicacy of thread and complex construction, this extraordinary head cloth exemplifies Chancay gauze weaving, often considered the finest among all of the ancient Peruvian textile traditions. The repeated off-set rows of fish motifs—each outlined with softly spun cotton stitching—strongly evoke a school of fish caught within a fisherman’s net. Coastal cultures such as the Chancay embraced marine life in many forms, especially the bounty it provided as a source of food.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 58

Artist

Chancay

Title

Headcloth

Origin

Peru

Date

1000–1476

Medium

Cotton, plain gauze weave; embroidered in knotted couching

Dimensions

99.1 x 99.1 cm (39 x 39 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Merrin

Reference Number

1984.121

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