This intricate, delicate fragment of gauze has survived over one thousand years, thanks to the arid coastal Peruvian climate. The loosely woven, simple gauze matrix is embellished with supplementary thread patterns that create the motifs, which have been outlined with additional thread. Although it is from the Chancay Valley in the area of Peru’s central coast, the figures on this gauze—anthropomorphized felines—relate to the Chimú style of the north coast.
Chimú culture, Lauri, Chancay Valley, Peru
H. 15 ¼ in. (38.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.49.11