Fragment

A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), bands of weft faced plain weave, and slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), bands of weft faced plain weave, and slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts.

Date:

A.D. 1000/1476

Artist:

Chancay
Central coast, Peru

About this artwork

The Chancay primarily occupied the Huaura, Chancay, and Chillón river valleys along the central coast of Peru. Despite the fact that numerous examples of Chancay artwork survive, little is known about their culture and textile tradition. However, the quality of Chancay textiles demonstrates the importance of the artform within this enigmatic community. Rows of venomous scorpions scurry across the central area of this fragment, accompanied by a band of interlocking birds. These noctrnal arachnids are associated with death, war, and the supernatural realm and likely reference the fearsome warriors who ruled over the different Chancay communities.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 58

Artist

Chancay

Title

Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

1000–1476

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), bands of weft faced plain weave, and slit tapestry weave with wrapping outlining wefts

Dimensions

41 x 40.3 cm (16 1/8 x 15 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1763

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 .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share