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H. 82 x W. 63 7/8 in. (162.2 x 208.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
Not on view
This large Chimú hanging may have once graced an interior space at Chan Chan. The geometric pattern on the textile is composed of stylized pelicans, favored motifs at this seaside city. Similar designs were also depicted in the adobe reliefs that adorned the interiors of Chan Chan palaces.
[Guillermo Salazar, New York, until 1957]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1957, on loan to the Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1957–1978

Rowe, Ann P. Costumes and Featherwork of the Lords of Chimor: Textiles from Peru's North Coast. Washington, DC: Textile Museum, 1984, pp. 52–53, pl. 4.

Pillsbury, Joanne. "Reading Art without Writing: Interpreting Chimú Architectural Sculpture." In Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern: Readings for a New Century, edited by Elizabeth Cropper. Studies in the History of Art 74, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Symposium Papers LI. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2009, pp. 72–89, 86, fig. 19.

Pillsbury, Joanne, James Doyle, Juliet Wiersema, and Patricia Joan Sarro. Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015.

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