Chancay Bone Weaving Sword
Chancay Bone Weaving Sword
Pre-Columbian era, Chancay culture, 1000-1470AD, Peru.
Fabulous hand-carved bone (llama or alpaca) weaving tool. The weaving sword (also called beater or batten), is a weaving tool designed to push the weft yarn securely into place. In small hand weaving such as band weaving and tablet weaving the beater may be combined with the shuttle into a single tool. The Chancay were a pre-Columbian archaeological civilization which developed between the valleys of Fortaleza, Pativilca, Supe, Huaura, Chancay, Chillón, Rimac and Lurin, on the central coast of Peru from c. 1000AD-1470AD. The major artistic achievement for which the Chancay are know is their mastery of textiles. Textiles were an essential form of symbolism to convey meaning, status, gender, wealth, and spirituality. Chancay weavers specialized particularly in delicate gauze work. They used an array of colours including yellows, browns, scarlet, white, blues and greens. In type of fabric used include llama wool, cotton, chiffon and feathers. The typically geometric designs also included drawings of plants, animals such as fish, cats, birds, monkey and dogs, as well as human figures. Canvases or gauzes were used primarily for religious and magical purposes. They were made for covering the head of the dead in the form of headdresses. In keeping with their burial customs, members of the Chancay society wrapped the corpses of their dead in many layers of cloth and buried them deep in the ground along with various goods.
Extremely well-preserved weaving sword. Age-related minimal wear. Beautiful smoothed patina. Size approx. 21,5cm x 2,7cm x 0,4cm.
Provenance: From the estate of Paul Ragnar Wedendal Sr. & Paul Wedendal Jr. Collected in the 1940's to 1950's.
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