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Textile Fragment

Textile Fragment

c. AD 50–650

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Cotton and camelid fiber

Overall: 40 x 29.3 cm (15 3/4 x 11 9/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.2.6

Location

Did you know?

This fragment is a rare survivor of floods that destroyed much of the Moche textile record.

Description

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.

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

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