Tapestry: Cover

Late 16th–17th century or later

Object Place: Peru


238.5 x 216 cm (93 7/8 x 85 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool interlocked and dovetailed tapestry

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cotton warp, wool wefts. The field shows a latticework formed of ribbons tied in pairs at their tangent points, against a pinkish red ground. Each compartment contains a motif showing stylized leaf or flower forms. The border shows an undulating leafy vine in which birds and footed urns appear. In the center of each segment of the border is an oval compartment; two contain single lions; the other two contain single crane-like birds. Narrow guard bands flank the border. The entire piece shows only shades of red, yellow and white.


Previously in the Benguiat Collection (sale AAA, April 10-12, 1924, Lot 626). Collection Museum of the American Indian, New York. Exchanged. Purchased from John Wise, Ltd., 15 East 69th Street, New York, New York, with the Charles Potter Kling Fund, January 11, 1967.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund