**Originally Listed At $450**
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1470 CE. A wonderful textile monstrario comprised of tightly-woven natural cotton fibers in hues of caramel, wheat, beige, espresso, jet, and fuchsia. Depicted on the textile is a pair of abstract standing anthropomorphic figures with wide, black bodies and rounded heads, each shown next to a stepped panel with an abstract feline figure. Above are example of fine threadwork meant to showcase the artisan's thread quality and consistency. The bottom portion shows faint geometric patterns in a tight lattice, and below are seven brown avian figures against a cream ground. The lowest panel illustrates eleven wheat-hued avian figures and is meant to be displayed in a vertical orientation. Mounted against a fabric-lined wooden frame. Size (textile): 8.25" W x 16.75" H (21 cm x 42.5 cm); size (frame): 10" W x 20" H (25.4 cm x 50.8 cm).
The purpose of this seemingly simplistic illustration is not one of symbolic or metaphorical significance, but rather a basic advertisement technique in ancient Peru. A "monstrario" was meant to be displayed outside of an artisan's workshop as an example - or "show piece" - of their artistic ability in order to attract potential buyers or employers.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection
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