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  • Description

    Tapestry hanging. Tapestry weave; cotton warp and camelid weft possibly with silk and viscachas fur, red ground with multicoloured motifs. Central area displays a heraldic coat of arms surrounded by vines, flowers, animals and mermaids. The first narrow border depicts huntsmen, birds, small viscachas and lion masks and the second wider border; figures representing Inca nobility. The outer border shows stylised pendants with a separate red silk fringe sewn round the edge.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 244 centimetres
    • Width: 212 centimetres
    • Length: 257 centimetres (with fringe)
    • Width: 225 centimetres (with fringe)
  • Bibliography

    • McEwan 2009 pp. 90-91 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    The Colonial Andes; Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530 - 1830 The Metropolitan museum of Art, New York, September 29th - December 12th 2004 2013 11 Oct – 2014 16 Mar, Stuttgart, Linden Museum, Historic Inca

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 August 2004

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove velcro. Replace with velcro stitched to cotton backing across full width of textile


    Generally in sound condition. Small areas of lost warps across the textile, but these do not compromise the strength of the textle significantly. Existing velrco stab stitched directly onto the reverse. Areas of the silk fringing are loosely attached.

    Treatment details

    In 3 places loose areas of fringing were secured with monofilament silk thread (double filament) of an appropriate colour using a whip stitich. The existing velcro was removed and replaced with new velcro machine stitched to a cotton calico backing fabric. This was attached to the tapestry using cotton thread of a suitable colour. The density of the weaving made stitching very difficult.

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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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Tapestry, hanging made of cloth.

Tapestry, hanging made of cloth.

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