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Framed Chimu Textile Fragment, Anthropomorphic Figures

Lot 0114
**Originally Listed At $300**

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1470 CE. A nice example of a woven camelid thread textile fragment, depicting a repeated series of anthropomorphic figures in a horizontal register; above these is a single remaining avian figure. The people of the early cultures in the Andes buried their dead in bundles with woven textiles. The Chimu made textiles that show repetitive, geometric styles, often placed inside of rectangular frames, and with color sequences designed to make the viewer look across them diagonally. The red color is probably from cochineal, a bright red insect, while the yellow colors would have come from various plants. Size of fragment: 13.5" W x 8.35" H (34.3 cm x 21.2 cm); size of frame: 20.8" W x 15.5" H (52.8 cm x 39.4 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Dimmer collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Textile is a fragment as shown. Edges have some fraying and the surface has some staining and losses, notably to the anthropomorphic figure on the right (facing). Nice preservation of motifs. It has not been examined outside of the frame.

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Framed Chimu Textile Fragment, Anthropomorphic Figures

Estimate $550 - $825Apr 29
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Louisville, CO, USA