**Originally Listed At $900**
Pre-Columbian, Central Coast Peru, Chancay, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. An enormous textile weaver's basket composed of tightly-woven reeds in a rectangular form, containing a myriad of useful implements. The weaving tools include 1 woven tunic; 2 knapped stone points; 2 wooden thread separators with conical heads; 16 full and 5 half pottery spindle whorls; 16 braided strands of human hair; 1 twisted rope, 1 braided textile, and 2 twisted reed strands; 2 loose bunches of thread; 3 miscellaneous wooden carvings; 36 wooden needles; 2 wooden needles with wooden spools; 21 wooden needles with pottery spindle whorls; 13 wooden needles with spools of thread; and 5 wooden needles with both pottery spindle whorls and spools of thread. Size (basket): 12" L x 18.5" W x 7.5" H (30.5 cm x 47 cm x 19 cm).
Provenance: ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected from 1950-1960s
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Small losses to areas of basket, some needles, parts of pottery spindle whorls, and areas of tunic, with loosening to some reed and thread fibers, and fading to original coloration of tunic, needles, and some spindle whorls. Nice earthen deposits throughout.