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Lot 55, Auction 5/30/2017: Chancay Textile Bag Panel Repeating Birds Motif

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chancay culture, ca. 1000 to 1300 CE. This earthtone textile fragment is comprised of tightly-woven fibers in cream and light brown hues. The composition includes five distinct columns of characteristically-abstract bird motifs, and each column is separated by diagonally-woven abstract zoomorphic figures with pointed heads, large disc-shaped eyes, and agape mouths. Birds are a very common symbol in the Chancay culture as they are representative of celestial events, seasonal movements, and even ancestral embodiments. Mounted on a fabric-lined cardboard backing. Size: 9.75" L x 8.9" W (24.8 cm x 22.6 cm)

Condition: Expected fraying around peripheries, previous repair near one corner, minor staining, and pigmentation fading and loss throughout.

Provenance: private Slavin collection, acquired in Peru and Bolivia from 1971 to 1972

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