Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chancay, ca. 500 to 800 CE. A lovely coca bag comprised of tightly-woven natural camelid (alpaca or llama) fibers decorated with a hand-painted standing warrior who dons an impressive headdress with stepped sides and a tumi ornament atop as well as a beaded necklace - and holds an intimidating weapon in each hand. The figure and his accoutrements are delineated in tawny orange, aqua blue, black, and creamy beige hues against a plum hued ground. Trimming the upper end is a band of stylized fishes in dark cerulean blue and white with a red border with a long twisted fiber shoulder strap attached at either side. All is set in a beautiful shadow box. Size: 19.5" L x 16" W (49.5 cm x 40.6 cm) including shadow box
Provenance: ex-private southern California, USA collection
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Professionally conserved and framed with a shadow box fronted by museum UV resistant acrylic. Expected fraying and minute losses to the trim. Slight wear to the shoulder strap. Areas of staining to the body of the bag and the trim, but nothing out of the ordinary and the imagery is still vivid. Canvas covered back mount and shadow box are in very good condition.