Huari Tunic Frontal

Huari Tunic Frontal. c.800 AD, Huari culture, 92 x 78 cm

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Huari Tunic Frontal

c.800 AD, Huari culture, 92 x 78 cm

Ref: PH0026


 The sophisticated designs of this remarkably fine and densely tapestry-woven tunic, the garment of a Huari Shaman, demonstrate an aptitude for experimenting with stylised forms that are on par with many pioneers of abstraction in 20th century art. This example is strikingly bold in colour allied to its highly stylised and mathematical ingenuity. The main pattern, worked in white, beige and red, represents geometricized heads, whose serrated backs form strong diagonals across the body of the shirt. Every element is subtly expanded in scale from the centre towards the edges, such change of scale and the stylisation of imagery from the centre to the borders was common to textiles associated with the Huari at this time. Chromatic relationships were also essential to the fragmentation and reconstruction of form; pattern analysis of textiles from this period indicates that colour almost certainly had symbolic as well as formal significance, although no written record exists to explain its complex system of consistence and anomaly. Considering the age and antiquity of these textiles, the intensity and vibrancy of their colours are remarkable, attesting to the skill of the dyers as well as to the artistry of the weavers.

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