Large multicolor finely woven textile panel decorated with seven horizontal rows of stylized seated zoomorphs having toothy mouths, long stepped tails and large eyes. Lower border band depicting six stylized human figures, each wearing a long stepped tassel type headdress, and string fringe bottom edge. Size: 35-1/2 inches L. x 25-3/4 inches W. Loss to one figure in the upper left corner, otherwise overall exc. cond. Professionally mounted and framed in a custom plexiglas frame. Very nice.
Provenance: The Amy & Elliot Lawrence Collection, New York; acquired from Artweave Textile Gallery, NY, probably 1976.
In Pre-Colombian Andes there was no native tradition of writing so history, religion and other important themes were encoded in their art, in such media as textiles, metalwork, ceramics and architecture. We are quite fortunate for the dry desert-like conditions of the Pacific coast where preservation conditions are excellent and art from organic materials such as textiles survives today. Peru holds the record for the longest continuous recorded textile tradition in the world spanning 5,000 years.
Textiles and textile production were a very important part of indigenous societies. These cultures had specialized divisions of labor and commerce related to the manufacturing and distribution of textiles. Textiles served as an important medium to organize societal hierarchy. Textiles were more highly values than gold and silver-- the first gifts to the conquistadors were not made of gold and silver, the offerings were bundles of textiles!!
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