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Artifact ID: 189 Collection: DHM

Catalog NumberDate CollectedLocationSite NumberMaterialMethodAgeCirca
9057 5/12/86Chancay Valley, PeruChancay Valley llama wool textilewovenPrehistoricmodern use of ancient fabric
Chancay burial dolls, three figures mounted on a plaque 7" x 6.5"Xmas gift from Janie, obtained from Caddo Trading Co. (whose label had a date of 2000 BC???) - Whether this is actually a tomb offering, or is of modern manufacture from ancient textiles is not clear. Many similar textile offerings have been found and can be seen at the American Museum of Natural History. These are probably modern reproductions made from ancient fabric, as the faces are embroidered rather than woven into the cloth.

Contemporary indigenous women in Peru use tattered textile fragments from Pre-Columbian gravesites. They are representative of similarly constructed dolls sold in Lima tourist markets (Reid 2931).