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Chimu Textile Panel with Nine Warrior Figures

Chimu Textile Panel with Nine Warrior Figures

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Framed Chimu Textile Panel with nine figures, Peru, ca. 800 - 1200. Textile Panel is 18" high x 11 1/2" wide. Frame size is 23" high x 16 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" deep. Estate of Miss Kate Kemper. According to Sothebv's NY, Kate Kemper, of London and Switzerland (1908-2004) was an early collector of Andean art, forming an important collection of ceramics and textiles after visiting Peru. Her comprehensive collection was formed in Europe and exhibited in various museums including Ancient Peruvian Art, at the Arts Council, London in 1962, and Alt Peru in 1972 at the Landesmuseum as noted: Hans Eichler, Alt-Peru, Die Sammlung Kemper, Landesmuseum, Münster, pg. 73, cat. no. 464, catalogue to an exhibition, March 5-April 9, 1972. This tightly woven, multi-color, rectangular panel having three horizontal rows, each containing three warriors wearing elaborate headdress. Some fraying, repairs and small losses due to age, but in very good condition. Mesoamerican and Andean cultures both buried their dead with large quantities of textiles. This Chimú textile from Peru's north coast was part of a burial. A standardized Chimú frontal pose allows the mythical being depicted to display its elongated serpentine limbs, which end with the head of the Moon Animal. The projections from its head are likely representations of circular ear spools which are common among Chimú and other North Coast artifacts. These ear adornments, together with the crescent headdress are traits of human costume, which are combined with the animal-like limbs and teeth.