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Culture:Pre-Columbian; Middle Horizon
Title:Tapestry-weave fragment with geometrical figures
Date Made:500-1000; Middle Horizon
Materials:Cotton ground, camelid wool embroidery
Place Made:South America; Peru
Measurements:mount: 29.5 m x 21.125 cm; 96 13/16 ft x 8 5/16 in; sheet: 22 7/16 in x 17 in; 57 cm x 43.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC T.1933.11
Credit Line:Gift of George D. Pratt (Class of 1893)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Banded patterns like this one were typically used on shirts and mantles; the knitted fragment may indicate the presence of fringe or an additional border.

Label Text:
Abstract animal heads are depicted on a textile fragment likely from the wrapping of a mummy bundle. Precise identification is difficult, but the patterns probably represent felines with pointed ears and whiskers.

textile fabrics; patterns; animals; heads; abstract

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