Pre-Columbian, south coast Peru, Sihuas Valley culture, ca. 500 BCE to 700 CE. A beautiful tunic comprised of tightly woven camelid (alpaca or llama wool) fibers in vibrant hues of crimson, wheat, teal, cream, maroon, turquoise, sage, and coffee. The rectangular vestment has a red ground color, chromatically diverse lateral borders, two columns of highly abstract geometric motifs that seem to resemble monstrous octopi, and a central horizontal slit through which one would put their head. A fine example of ancient Peruvian textile clothing replete with a colorful decorative program! Mounted on a modern brown textile panel atop a museum-quality display fabric. Size (textile): 35" W x 32.25" H (88.9 cm x 81.9 cm); (display fabric): 51.5" W x 47.5" H (130.8 cm x 120.6 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany, acquired in the 1950s to 1960s
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Textile tunic mounted atop modern khaki green textile panel for contiguity and presentation purposes. Losses to areas of colorful lateral borders as shown. Minor fraying and loosening to some interior and peripheral threads, with fading and staining to areas of original pigmentation, and minor creasing. Nice traces of original coloration throughout.