About this artwork
This vibrantly painted panel depicts paired felines and fish on either side of a central human figure, an image that also appears upon the distinctive black-and-white Chancay ceramics made during the same time period. Although the artist was working with a common motif, the individual’s hand and creativity are discernible through the variations in line thickness and intensity of color. With only a single colorant, the artist was able to create multiple forms through the use of a defining, colorless outline. This reserve-outline-painting technique is similar to the resist-dying method used for the covering cloth that is also on display within this case.
- Cotton, plain weave; painted
- 101.9 x 62.9 cm (40 1/8 x 24 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Bruce J. Graham