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Large, painted textile of loosely woven cotton, painted with a curvilinear, geometric image in an ochre-orange color. The imagery includes double-headed serpent-like forms, with bird-like and insect-like heads, arching above a frontally rendered head. Two arm-like appendages emerge from the top...

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By December 5, 1979, purchased by the donor, Leonard Bernstein, from the Edward Merrin Gallery in New York City; Collection of Leonard Bernstein; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

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Gift of Leonard Bernstein and Jane Holmes Bernstein

Chancay, Central Coast, Peru, Late Intermediate to Late Horizon, A.D. 900–1500

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Height x width: 45 x 103 in. (114.3 x 261.6 cm)

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Cotton plain weave, hand-painted with vegetable dye


Textiles and Fashion Arts