Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru

Ten spectacular feather panels—probably hangings— made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 700 and 1000 comprise this installation.  Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring about seven by two feet on average, the panels are completely covered with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in an arresting design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Monday, September 16, 2013

  • Where: 

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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