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Culture:Pre-Columbian, Tiahuanaco or Huari
Title:Fragment of Tapestry with Polymorphic Humonoid Figures
Date Made:600-900; Middle Horizon
Type:Wall Hanging
Materials:warp: cotton; weft: wool
Place Made:South America; Peru
Measurements:mount: 21 1/8 in x 29 1/2 in; 53.7 cm x 74.9 cm; sheet: 11 5/8 in x 20 13/16 in; 29.5 cm x 52.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC T.1933.10
Credit Line:Gift of George D. Pratt
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Typical of Tiahuanaco tapestry shirts in the abstract--although not very complex--design.

Label Text:
Tiahuanaco is a site in the southern central Andean highlands near Lake Titicaca. The Tiahuanaco style dates from 600 C.E. to 1000 C.E. and shows a preference for geometric patterns executed in different tapestry techniques. Andean textile craft was based primarily on cotton, which occured naturally in several colors. Animal fibers were also used and were obtained particularly from four camelid species - guanaco, llama, alpaca, and vicuña. The vicuña is only found in the wild and produces the finest wool.

textile fabrics; patterns; figures; abstract; masks

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