Band (Headband?)

Band (Headband?)

c. 650-850

Camelid fiber (alpaca; weft) and cotton (warp); tapestry weave

Overall: 59.4 x 10.8 x 8.3 cm (23 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2014.389

Description

This jewel-like textile, perhaps the only one of its kind, is made from a single band accordion-folded to form tabs, each edged with lush red tassels. Repeated in different colors down its length is the image of a warrior who holds an axe in one hand and a jagged, club-like object in the other. The reversed orientation of several of the warriors may be the result of the weaving method.

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