Tapestry Fragment

Tapestry Fragment

700-1370s

Camelid fiber and cotton, tapestry weave

Overall: 40 x 17.2 cm (15 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1991.223

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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