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Tunic with Double-headed Serpents

Tunic with Double-headed Serpents

400-200 BC

Cotton; gauze

Overall: 136.5 x 65.4 cm (53 3/4 x 25 3/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2005.17

Description

Gauze weave was used to pattern this lovely, subtle tunic with interlocking, double-headed serpents that may have had mythical or supernatural significance. By manipulating the density of the fabric to create the design, the weaver may have sidestepped a limitation of the material from which the tunic is made—cotton, which does not readily take dyes.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Medium: 
Cotton; gauze
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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