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  • Europe, The Netherlands, ca. 17th century CE. A beautiful, large Flemish tapestry depicting two maidens dressed in billowing robes bathing an infant (perhaps a holy one) with another maiden overlooking the scene, all framed by dramatic, billowing curtains. The tapestry presents all the vocabulary of the Baroque style with large figures, billowing draperies, dramatic gestures, and deep colors. Note how the jewel tone blue, teal, and russet hues contrast with the creamy beiges and slate greys. The fleshy bodies recall the influences of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) who created tapestry designs for workshops in the early 17th century. A rare and very old example! Size: 74.5" W x 86.75" H (189.2 cm x 220.3 cm)

    Interestingly, leading tapestry centers in the South Netherlands were impacted by religious persecution and civil war of the late 16th century. This inspired many skilled weavers to relocate to North Netherlands (ie. Delft and Middelburg), England, France, and Germanic states. However, the South Netherlands recovered in the early 1600s thanks to the undying support of archdukes Albert and Isabella who placed many commissions and created legislation to prevent further emigration of skilled weavers.

    Provenance: Ex-private P. Nikitovich collection, Denver, CO acquired in 1980s.

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    17th C. Flemish Baroque Tapestry - The Bath

  • Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands, Kuna/Cuna, second half of the 20th century CE. This is a fun example of this folk art form created by Kuna women. Its main focus are two large animals - maybe foxes? - with huge, bushy tails and wearing eyeglasses. Small bird heads have been applied around the design. Molas are cloth panels attached to the fronts and backs of women's blouses that are the cultural dress of Kuna women, along with gold nose rings, beaded arm and leg bands, and patterned wrap-around skirts. Size of mola on backing: 17.5" W x 13" H (44.4 cm x 33 cm)

    Provenance: Ex - Himrod estate, Anaheim, CA

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    Panamanian Mola - Animals in Eyeglasses

  • Pre-Columbian, Peru, Huari (Wari) culture, ca. 500 to 1000 CE. A brightly-colored textile fragment, a neck piece, designed to dangle from the front of clothing. It shows a human head and twin rows of yellow, brown, pink, and red/dark pink fringes, terminating in two long fringes of the red/dark pink color. This matches to the color of the figure's clothing and hat. Mounted on a black background. Size: 19" L (48.3 cm)

    The Huari, from their large urban center north of modern day Ayacucho, colonized a diverse group of people in the Andes. Part of the evidence for their colonization efforts - beyond the standardized architecture throughout their empire - is the presence of iconographically similar textiles in burials throughout the region. Human heads with distinctive facial decoration and caps are a common motif; this may relate to the use of human heads as trophy objects, or perhaps for the veneration of ancestors, a common theme on Huari (and other Peruvian) ceramics. Some have suggested that the wearing of certain types of motifs or textile items in life (because the textiles the Huari are buried with seem to have been worn by the living before they were used in burial) showed rank in the complex imperial structure that the Huari created.

    Provenance: Ex-Slavin Collection, acquired in Peru & Bolivia, 1971-1972

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    Vibrant Ica / Wari Textile Neck Piece

  • Pre-Columbian, Peru, north coast, Chimu/Inca culture, ca. 800 to 1400 CE. Woven textile coca bag panels in shades of brown, black and tan. Left panel woven with multiple birds in various orientations, right panel with standing human figures. Comes in custom Lucite stand and ready to hang and enjoy! Size of textile itself: 16.5" W x 10" H (41.9 cm x 25.4 cm); framed size: 21.5" x 14"

    Provenance: Ex-Slavin Collection, acquired in Peru & Bolivia, 1971-1972

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    Chimu Polychrome Textile Panel / Coca Bag

  • Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A section of gessoed and painted linen representing Horus, god of the sky, war, kingship, and protection - one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt who was also the son of Isis and Osiris and played many roles in the pantheon of Egyptian gods. Horus is depicted as a falcon with a profile head, outspread wings, and feathered body in hues of ochre, black, and white on a blue ground, triangulated by red, blue, ochre, and white striations. Horus wears an orb-shaped crown with a cobra that appears ready to strike; this is a variant of the uraeus usually scene upon the pschent (double crown worn by rulers of ancient Egypt). In ancient Egypt he cobra symbolized the Lower Egyptian goddess Wadjet, and on the pschent was usually joined by a vulture representing Nekhbet, the Upper Egyptian tutelary goddess. A stunning piece mounted on linen and framed in a glass-fronted, black wooden frame. Size: piece itself measures 9.75" W x 7" H (24.8 cm x 17.8 cm); 14" W x 11.25" H (35.6 cm x 28.6 cm) in frame

    Condition: A section with losses to peripheries as shown. Surface wear with pigment/gesso losses and some surface fissures.

    Provenance: Ex-Private European collection acquired before 1975

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    Ancient Egyptian Gesso / Painted Linen Horus Section

  • Egypt, Coptic, ca. 3rd to 6th century CE. A lovely Coptic (Christian Egyptian) textile woven in chocolate brown and russet red wool yarns against a natural tawny linen ground, featuring a rich decorative/iconographic program of stylized zoomorphic and phytomorphic forms within a panel bordered by tendril or stylized leg-like projections. The designs and motifs of Coptic and Byzantine textiles greatly influenced the visual culture of the early Islamic period. For example, swirling vines and geometric interlaces are often seen in Byzantine floor mosaics. Animals of course are one of the most favored figures of Egyptian art, from Predynastic times onward. Floating on a chocolate brown fabric mat in a glass-fronted wood rectangular shadow box frame. Size: textile measures 4.625" L x 12" W (11.7 cm x 30.5 cm); framed 9.75" L x 20.75" W (24.8 cm x 52.7 cm)

    Condition: Fragment in two sections with losses and areas of looser weave as shown.

    Provenance: Ex-private collection of Charles and Rita Colbert, acquired in the 1960's

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    Egyptian Coptic Polychrome Textile Panel