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One of the ancient faces of a god.
Ceremonial mantle made in plain weave technique and decorated with negative painting technique. Probably, this piece was used as a wrapping mantle for funerary bundles or as a shirt.
Decorative band with interlocking designs. The pre-loom technique is plaiting of yarns and it creates different bands which give as a result tridimensional designs.
Iconography embroidered on a large mantle, plain weave fabric, design symbolizes a calaverian character, perhaps an ancestor.
Embroidered iconography on a large mantle made in plain fabric, design is a classic trophy head in art of this culture. Yarns of different colors and various embroidery techniques were used for this piece.
Important Nazca mantle, woven with the plain weave technique, decorated with geometrized zoomorphic designs in brocade technique. Characters in different forms: birds, winged creatures and probably frogs.
Ceramic sculptural piece which represents a Nazca nobleman. He is holding a trophy head in his hands. The character wears a shirt, a loincloth, a cloak and a turban.
Ceremonial tunic of stripes worn by the Wari nobility, the bands are decorated with designs of winged gods of profile in symmetrical oblique opposition.
Interpretation of the classic rectangular designs of the Wari tunics. The heraldry-like images show a face and the staggered wave symbol.
Ceramic sculptural piece which represents a Wari nobleman. His posture is like the the god of the staffs. It represents a character who is wearing a four-cornered hat and a robe with two stripes on it. His hands have holes where he might hold two sticks or crosiers that were not found with this piece.
Mantle or fabric wall used by the Wari nobility, made with discontinous warp and weft and tie-dyed technique.
Chancay mantle woven with one of the emblematic techniques of this society, the openwork technique. This technique is when the warp goes straight and the weft, that goes in pairs, is intertwined and knot each vertical thread in order to made this a stable network in which it is possible to embroider designs of fish under waves.
Fragment of Chancay gauze, iconography of birds and felines. Pieces like this one involve a protective meaning for the ones who worn it in order to avoid evil spirits.
Back strap loom, used by Chancay artisans to teach the art of weaving. We can see unskilled labor in the process of placing wefts and the change of designs for teaching different forms.
Among the textile works of this culture are the fabric figurines, which were used to compose miniature scenes or dioramas, showing the daily life and ceremonies of the Chancay world.
Ceremonial shirt worn by a nobleman of the Chimu culture for special ceremonies, probably was placed on his grave. Piece made in plain weave, brocade and gauze technique with twisted fringes. Design of seabirds with hunted lizards in their beak.
Inca nobility shirt; the decorative icon corresponds to the "Inca's key", is one of the first designs which have a special meaning, probably it represents the duality Hanan and Hurin and as the four regions of Incan world.
Museo Textil Precolombino Amano.
Presidence / Director.
Mario Amano / Mika Amano
Doris Robles / Bruno Alva
Text and research:
Maribel Medina / Bruno Alva / Doris Robles
Archaeological Collection / Photo:
Museo Textil Precolombino Amano