HUARI, MANTLE FRAGMENT, PERU
A.D. 500-800; Embroidered cameline wool; 21"x 21"; Provenance: Andre Emmerich, New York; Allan Stone Collection, New York (acquired from the above in October 1966); Note: This mantle has a cameline wool supplementary weft on plain weave cotton. The
Sale Price: $2,875
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Not examined out of frame
The Huari Empire flourished in the Andes Mountains from about A.D. 650 to 900. The city of Huari was located northwest of present-day Cuzco, Peru, in the Ayacucho Valley, but its cultural and militaristic power extended far to the north and west into the mountains. Llamas and alpacas, the only large domesticated animals of the ancient Americas and essential to Andean life, were called camelids (they are cousins to the camel). The Huari people, master weavers, used camelid wool for rope and textiles. This mantle has a camelid wool supplementary weft on plain weave cotton. The motifs are quite interesting and the color is quite good.
Mantle Textile, Wari (Huari), Collections, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, https://www.mfah.org/art/detail/94009