Published Pre-Columbian Chimu textile tunic

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Published Pre-Columbian Chimu textile tunic from Peru, ca. 1000-1400 CE. The sleeveless shirt is decorated with figurative birds which were commonly depicted in this period. The stylized zoomorphic motif is a geometric representation that appears since the Moche culture; sometimes it can be clearly identified as serpents and at others, the features are very difficult to recognize. Very rare to find a complete example as nice as this one which is also published. A picture of the shirt can be seen in the book "Weaving for the Afterlife" Peruvian textiles from the Maiman collection, page 260. 

Provenance: "Haifa Museum of Art", Acquired by the Maiman Group following a 1988 exhibition and the closure of the ethnology department of the museum. Estate of Yossef Maiman.

Literature: Makowski, Krzystof, Rosenzweif, Alfredo, Diaz Jimenes, Maria Jesus, Weaving for the Afterlife - Peruvian Textiles from the Maiman Collection, Kal Press LTD, Israel, 2006., p. 261

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