Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Proto-Nazca culture, ca. 500 to 300 BCE. An incredible example of a lengthy textile panel composed of tightly woven camelid (alpaca or llama wool) fibers in shell-dyed hues of yellow, fuchsia, salmon pink, dark-brown, and dark-blue. The elaborate panel features repeating diagonal registers of chromatically alternating stepped motifs with curled tips, and each end bears a colorful checkerboard pattern. The longest periphery is decorated with rectangular panels containing highly abstract representations of disembodied trophy heads, hummingbirds, and ovoid beans, all with very interpretive forms. A stunning and nicely preserved example of high-quality Proto-Nazca artistry! Mounted atop a museum-quality display fabric. Size (textile): 60.75" L x 6.625" W (154.3 cm x 16.8 cm); (display fabric): 74.5" L x 23" W (189.2 cm x 58.4 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, collected from 1950-1960s
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Minor loosening to and fraying to some interior and peripheral threads, and light staining and fading to some dyed areas, otherwise intact and excellent. Great traces of remaining pigment throughout.