c. AD 50–650
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Cotton and camelid fiber
Overall: 43.2 x 27.6 cm (17 x 10 7/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.2.5
This fragment is a rare survivor of floods that destroyed much of the Moche textile record.
This fragment, one of several in the collection, is a rare survivor of catastrophic rains that destroyed much of the Moche textile legacy and may have helped to bring about the decline of Moche culture. It depicts a serpent and a snail beneath a hovering raptorial bird—perhaps a snail kite, a type of hawk named after its favored food. The size of the motifs implies that the original textile was large; a mantle (a shawl-like garment) or a hanging are among the possibilities.
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