Tunic Panel
    A.D. 600 - 900
    Feathers sewn to cloth backing
    Height 24 3/4 in. Width 30 3/4 in.

    This bold image formed either the front or back of a tunic. The loosely woven textile base is completely covered by the feather design, executed primarily in macaw and parrot feathers. The focal motif on the blue ground is a yellow, eight-rayed face with large staring eyes and bared teeth. Salmon-orange feathers outline this central "sun", frame the eyes, and suggest a tongue between the rows of teeth. Four squares in the same salmon-orange frame the rayed image, and two similarly colored rectangular tabs connect with the outer edges just above the half-way point. Other than a normal amount of feather loss, the condition is good.

    Dr. Wally and Brenda Zollman Collection, Indianapolis
    Dylan Graeme Collection
    Butterfields, San Francisco: sale 7307E, 25 March 2002, lot 5075, p.24, ill. p.24

    José Antonio DeLavalle, Arte y Tesoros del Peru. Lima: Banco de Credito del Peru en la Cultura, 1984, #115 (illustrated).
    Edward H. Merrin and Linda Schildkraut. Precolumbian Masterpieces: Mexico, Peru, Central America, American Indian. New York: Edward H. Merrin, 1985, #26 (illustrated).
    Lee A. Parsons, John B. Carlson & Peter David Joralemon, The Face of Ancient America, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1988, pp.216-217, #153 (illustrated).

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