**Originally Listed At $450**
Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Chavin-Karwar, ca. 4th to 3rd century BCE. A cotton based textile fragment from the North Coast of Peru, but purportedly found in South Coast Peru. The tightly woven fabric is decorated with curvilinear and linear motifs of refined iron-rich pigments. As a wearable and portable artform in which complex imagery was featured, textiles spread Chavin iconography from the northern coast, where it originated, to the south, where this fragment was purportedly found. Even more fascinating, the painting style and visual motifs resemble those of stone carvings at Chavin de Huantar. Size: 8.625" W x 6" H (21.9 cm x 15.2 cm); 11.875" W x 8.875" H (30.2 cm x 22.5 cm) with fabric covered mount.
Andean textile art began as early as the third millennium BCE and continued to be a medium of artistic expression as well as a medium used for communicating religious, social, and political information for millennia. Interestingly, in Peru fabric art preceded ceramics by more than a thousand years. Sometimes designs were woven into the fabric, sometimes they were embroidered, and sometimes, as we see in this example, they were painted onto the fabric.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Arte Textile Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
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