Chimu Slit-Tapestry Fragments of Two Musicians

 

14231. Chimu Slit-Tapestry Fragments of Two Musicians

Peru, Central Coast, Late Intermediate Period, Ca. 1100 - 1550 A.D.

Both tapestry fragments in purple, pink, red, white and dark brown depict musicians holding Pan pipes in the raised hands and wearing flaring tunics with patterned borders and peaked headdresses. Tapestry uses discontinuous weft yarns, the weaver interlaces each colored weft thread back and forth in its own small pattern area and then packs the colored weft threads down so tightly that they completely conceal the undyed, vertical warps. The packing-down consumes extravagant amounts of yarn and, of course, labor and time. However, it lends itself to the creation of intricate, mosaic-like patterns made up of areas of pure, undiluted color. The warp is typically cotton, while the weft is silky camelid hair and the two sides are reversible. Minor separation between figures and ground, otherwise overall exc. cond. Framed under glass.
Size: 6-1/4”H. x 5-3/4”W. each. Provenance: Private East Coast Collection. Acquired by the current collection in 1993, Merrin Gallery, New York. Sothebys, New York, November 22, 1993 (lot 186), Mr. and Mrs. Allen Alperton, Westchester and San Francisco.

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