Painted wall hanging depicting prisoners

North or central coast of Peru
Permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen 1960
Cotton, fabric dye
ht. 200 cm, w. 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 associated with it. Other parts of this textile can be found in museums and private collections in France, the Netherlands and the USA.