Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 100 CE. Wow! A very striking textile panel comprised of tightly woven camelid (alpaca or llama) fibers in three complementary hues: gold, crimson, and chocolate brown. The long rectangular panel presents a beautiful pattern of stepped diagonal bands in this tri-color palette with golden fringe lining the two shorter ends. In addition to being very attractive with its bold geometric design motif and wonderful hues, the textile is in excellent condition. Size: 90" W x 24" H (228.6 cm x 61 cm); 102" W x 42.25" H (259.1 cm x 107.3 cm) including black fabric 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 cultural information - religious, social, and political - for thousands of years. Interestingly, in Peru, fabric art preceded ceramics by more than a thousand years. Sometimes designs were painted onto the fabric, sometimes they were embroidered, and sometimes they were woven into the fabric, as we see in this example.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected in the 1950s to 1960s
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Only minor areas of fading/staining and slight fraying, but these are only slight, and the textile is in remarkable condition for its age.