Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1000 CE. A wonderful textile monstrario comprised of tightly-woven natural cotton fibers in hues of cream, caramel, wheat, and taupe. Depicted on the textile is a sizable standing anthropomorphic figure with three-toed feet, delineated legs, a triangular body, bent arms, and an abstract visage capped with a rabbit-eared hat. The purpose of this seemingly simplistic illustration is not one of symbolic or metaphorical meaning, but rather a basic advertisement technique in ancient Peru. A monstrario was meant to be displayed outside of an artisan's workshop as an example - or "show piece" - of their artistic ability in order to attract potential buyers or employers. Lined with wispy fringe material along the top and bottom borders, this is a fantastic textile advertisement from the Chimu ancients! Mounted on a fabric-lined wooden frame. Size (textile): 7.5" W x 12.75" H (19 cm x 32.4 cm); size (frame): 12.125" W x 16.375" H (30.8 cm x 41.6 cm).
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Drimmer collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Minor fraying to interior and peripheral threads, minor fading to pigmentation, and some light staining.