- Museum number
Flared bowl with fine line painting representation of a weaving scene comprised by female weavers with back strap looms.
- Production date
Height: 18.70 centimetres
Width: 33.90 centimetres
Depth: 34.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- McEwan 2009, p. 68
Weaving Scene, fine-line painting on a pottery vessel. Moche, Peru. 2nd-8th century
This fine-line painting of a weaving scene arranged around the inner circumference of a large flared bowl shows female weavers with back strap looms surrounded by weaving implements such as spindles and spindle whorls. One end of each loom is suspended from the top of a vertical wall post. These posts support a thatched roof, suggesting that the artisans are gathered inside a special building housing a workshop or guild of weavers. Other elements in the background may be samples or finished products, and various forms of ceramic vessels are noted including the characteristic stirrup-spout and flared drinking beakers. Males in elaborate dress are engaged in other (unspecified) activities, perhaps in courtyards outside. This is one of very few scenes illustrating the actual production of objects.
- On display (G24/dc6)
- Exhibition history
1979-1982, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Moche pottery from Peru'
2021-2022 11 Nov-20 Feb, London, BM, G35, Peru: a journey in time
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number