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Cotton warp, wool weft. Two panels of open-space fabric sewn together. Field: 13 rows of 13-16 rectangles, each with brocaded profile of "moon animal" motif: zoomorphic figure with headdress, resembling monkey; warp threads from each triangle divert to two rectangles both above and below....

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Purchased by MFA from Edward H. Merrin, Gallery, Inc., 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, June 18, 1980.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

Peruvian (Chimu), Late Intermediate, A.D. 1000–1476

Object Place

Chimu, North Coast, Peru


209 x 133 cm (82 5/16 x 52 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton brocaded plain weave with spaced warps and wefts, supplemental threads wrapped around woven squares; weft-faced plain weave with supplemental weft patterning (lower border); tapestry (side borders); layered fringe


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