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A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave.

Date:

A.D. 1000/1476

Artist:

Lambayeque
Peru, Probably north coast

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.

On View

Textiles, Gallery 57

Artist

Lambayeque

Title

Panel

Origin

Peru

Date

1000–1476

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave

Dimensions

76 x 49.2 cm (30 x 19 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1706a

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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