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Ancient Andean Textiles

December 29, 2021 - December 4, 2022

Drawing from the textiles of the permanent collection, this rotation represents several different civilizations that flourished in the ancient Andes (today Peru) and parts of adjacent countries. Though unrelated by cultural affiliation, they are unified by being special in some way, whether through rarity, complexity of execution, or luxuriousness of materials. The centerpiece of the display is a unique cloth that experts regard as one of the greatest paintings to survive from South American antiquity. Other textiles in the rotation include a panel covered in the radiant feathers of the blue-and-yellow macaw, made by artists of the Wari Empire (600–1000), and several fragments that are rare survivors of catastrophic rains that destroyed much of the Moche culture’s (AD 200–850) textile legacy.


December 29, 2021
December 4
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Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland,OHUnited States
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