Camelid fiber and cotton, tapestry weave
Overall: 40 x 16.2 cm (15 3/4 x 6 3/8 in.); Mounted: 49.5 x 16.2 cm (19 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1991.223
The prominent figure duplicated on this brightly colored fragment is known today simply as a “Lord,” a term that reveals uncertainty about his identity but confidence in his prestige, conveyed in part by his elaborate headdress. Whether a king or a deity, he was crucially important to the north coast Lambayeque (lahm-buy-yek-kay) (Sicán) people, who portrayed him repeatedly in many media and objects. The geometric motif that repeats in the nine central squares is unidentified.
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