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Cotton warp, wool weft. Design of six columns with alternating squares (A) diamond with double stepped outline on dark brown or red backgrounds (B) four animal heads on two U-shaped "bodies", with characteristic split eyes in tans or brown and pink. Lateral distortion and abstraction...

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Purchased by Mr. F. Piraud in New York, about 1958. Purchased by MFA from Mr. Piraud, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Via della Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy, April 12, 1978.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

Wari, Middle Horizon, A.D. 500–800

Object Place

Probably South Coast, Peru


100 x 103.5 cm (39 3/8 x 40 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton interlocked tapestry with eccentric wefts


Textiles and Fashion Arts