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A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with eccentric and interlaced outlining wefts; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with eccentric and interlaced outlining wefts; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe.

Date:

1000/1476

Artist:

Probably Chancay
Probably central coast, Peru

About this artwork

At first glance, this panel of anthropomorphized monkeys engaged in violent conflict appears to be woven with a repeating pattern. However, no group is identical to another: each thread has been placed deliberately, and each motif formed with careful discernment.

This panel’s dense tapestry weave creates the distinctive curvilinear forms characteristic of Peruvian textiles. Stitching tracks and threads at the top and bottom indicate that this panel is only part of a greater whole, perhaps a tunic or mantle.

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Artist

Chancay

Title

Panel

Origin

Peru

Date

1000–1476

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with eccentric and interlaced outlining wefts; edged with plain weave extended weft loop fringe

Dimensions

91.4 x 48.6 cm (36 x 19 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1680

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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