Tunic with Sacrificer

Tunic with Sacrificer


Camelid-fiber, cotton; tapestry weave

Overall: 202.6 x 112 cm (79 3/4 x 44 1/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.179



An extremely abstract supernatural sacrifice repeats in different colors and orientations across the body of this tunic, which was shortened on one side in antiquity. Look for the toothy black-and-white mouth in the sacrificer's upward-gazing head; other facial features include a button nose and a vertically divided eye. The figure holds the L-shaped haft of an axe behind its back and, at the front of its body, a short staff with a severed, upside-down human head on the top.

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T - Pre-Columbian
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