Painted wall hanging depicting prisoners

Nord- oder Zentralküste Perus
1000-1470
Dauerleihgabe der Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Kunstsammlungen, 1960
Baumwolle, Farbe
H 200 cm, B 300 cm
Inv. Nr. 60.37:1

 

This extraordinary fragment was originally part of an even larger textile, which probably served as a wall hanging. The front shows naked men with a rope around their necks. They are probably prisoners who were often sacrificed. Perhaps the scene was meant to illustrate a victory and a sacrificial ritual