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    Huarmey Mantle with Mountain Valley Image

    Huarmey Culture
    C. 700-900 AD
    Dyed Camelid and Cotton Fibers
    54½" Long x 42¾" Wide

    The fine example is woven of seven loom panels, four with intricate weavings, three of a natural beige cotton. The center portrays a stair step temple or mountain imagery bordered by tall peaks, these panels, with natural dyed camelid and cotton fibers in muted colors of  teal, mustard yellow, olive green, rose, and aqua green. The design portrays long stripes containing small cubes in alternating colors. The main panel is one loom weave having twenty nine square and rectangular bordered scenes containing animals with multiple imagery and a few with glyphic attributes. The animals exhibit traits of a jaguar when viewed one direction, monkeys in another, each bordered with bird heads. The stair stepped edge is decorated with dozens of small avian effigies. Within the colorful main dyed panel of the animals, a reverse stair step panel fills the area and is woven of dark brown, beige, and natural color. The image has horizontal stripes and fills only half of the opening, and above, the remainder is occupied with undecorated textile. The entire scene appears to depict a valley scene with a flowing river, animals on land, and surrounded by mountain peaks, the vast sky above.

    The beautiful example exhibits many weaving techniques and is in an excellently preserved condition having been mounted to a modern cloth backing, professionally cleaned, and with museum quality conservation in a few areas.




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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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