The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530–1830

September 29–December 12, 2004

Asian Influences

Asian trade goods, coming to the Americas from Manila via galleons, also triggered the Andean imagination to produce further exotic hybrid works. Among the objects on view are an Andean tapestry depicting the Christian image of the "Pelican in Her Piety" (Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.), which incorporates Chinese mythological animals and peonies, motifs inspired by silk weavings imported into Peru from Asia. A late-eighteenth-century silver perfuming pot in the form of a lion (private collection, Peru) reflects a similar Asian source of inspiration.