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Chancay Textile Doll

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960A46
Collection:Antiquities - South American
Date:AD 1000 - AD 1400

Maker Information

Maker:Chancay people - View history


This doll is made of sticks and spindles with pink wool wound around them. Her tunic is made of wool and cotton. Her face was woven separately on a minature loom and her hair is alpaca wool with natural hair twisted into it. Most dolls like this have been found in graves so they were probably intended to serve the dead rather than being toys.

Further Information

Production Period:Late Horizon
Place of Origin:Peru
Place of Excavation:Central Coast, Peru


Height:34 cm
Width:22 cm
Depth:6 cm