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Chimú Discontinuous Warp and Weft Textile Fragment with Bird Imagery

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Chimú Discontinuous Warp and Weft Textile Fragment with Bird Imagery

Late Intermediate Period - Late Horizon
1000 - 1534
Cotton fiber

19 11/16 x 12 13/16 x 1/16 in. (50 x 32.5 x 0.2 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.3.76
Geography: South America, Peru, Andes (Coast)
Classification: Unclassifiable Artifacts; Artifact Remnants; Cloth Fragments
Culture/Nationality: Chimú, Peruvian, Latin American, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Discontinuous warp and weft lends itself particularly well to geometric patterning. This fragment, with its incredibly complex structure, exhibits overall themes of interlocking geometric pattern and the repetition of motif. The design is entirely composed of geometric blocks of an individual, solid color, made possible by the use of discontinuous warp and weft. Each is set together to form a complete motif, here a geometrically abstracted animal, predominantly a bird. Though primarily identifiable as a bird, we can understand these motifs as composite figures, representing multiple creatures and symbols at once, a common visual tool in Andean visual culture. It takes a trained eye to see each element individually, hinting at the communicative power of textiles and the level of understanding the Chimú would need to have to interpret these visual cues.

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