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Chimu Woven Textile with Bird Motif - PF.2141
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 800 AD to 1400 AD
Dimensions: 29" (73.7cm) high x 15.5" (39.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Textile

Location: United States
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Taking its central motif from nature, this elegant textile captures the senses with its abstract simplicity. In rows alternating left and right, it depicts a stylized bird with curving beak and triangular tail. This motif seems the very essence of a bird, the animal reduced to its most specific elements. Such an image could be meant to evoke the abundance of nature, though the curving beak suggests a bird of prey, a motif often associated with nobles, warriors, and kings. In earthy brown against a mustard background, it achieves richness without ostentation. Its decorative rhythms appeal as much to modern sensibilities as they surely did to those of the Ancient Peruvians. - (PF.2141)


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