About this artwork
The design of this panel displays human-animal duality, a theme frequently presented in artwork from throughout the ancient Andean region. It is composed of two groupings of abstract anthropomorphic beings or deities wearing ornate feline masks, headdresses, and ear ornaments. Appendages and heads radiate out from the figures in all directions, creating multiple orientations in which the panel can be read. The multiple heads imbue the beings with otherworldly powers and may carry ritual meaning or represent trophy heads of defeated, decapitated warriors.
- 500 AD–600 AD
- Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with outlining wefts
- 67 x 45.1 cm (26 3/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
- Kate S. Buckingham Endowment