About this artwork
After the decline of the Moche civilization, around A.D. 75, the Lambayeque (or Sicán) dominated the northern coastal region of Peru. Lambayeque textiles typically were formed from multiple panels that were assembled to create larger textiles and garments. This panel displays repeated images of a human figure in frontal view, wearing a crescent headdress and holding a staff. He may represent the "Sicán Lord," the humanized version of Naymlap, a legendary ancestral lord from the Lambayeque region who evaded death by developing wings and flying away. The birds on the textile wear the same crescent headdresses, likely referencing his metamorphosis into a bird.
- Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave
- 76 x 49.2 cm (30 x 19 3/8 in.)
- Kate S. Buckingham Endowment