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Undyed cotton twill v double-sided valance made of five narrow widths, embroidered in cochineal-dyed bright pink thread with elaborate border including eagles and foliate forms. On one side of the valance is a procession of horsemen, on the other are couples in European and Inca dress. Valance...

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By 1952, probably in a collection outside of Peru [see note 1]. March 6, 2012, anonymous sale, Christie's Interiors, South Kensington, lot 335, to a dealer in Paris (sold as "an embroidered cover or hanging,"Continental, ca. 1800); 2012, sold by Alan Kennedy to the MFA. (Accession date: June 27, 2012) NOTES: [1] This valance is of the same manufacture, and almost certainly part of the same set, as a colonial Peruvian bedcover which has been part of the MFA collection since 1952 (accession no. 52.1690).

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Museum purchase with funds donated by the William Francis Warden Fund, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Jane and Robert Burke, Heidi Nitze, Bonnie Covington, Doris May, Karen and Michael Rotenberg, Suzanne Dworsky, and Julia Bailey


Peruvian, Colonial, 1661

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Overall: 139 x 220 cm (54 3/4 x 86 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton twill, embroidered in silk in satin and double running stitches


Textiles and Fashion Arts