Princeton University Art Museum Acquires Exceptional Andean Painted Textile


PRINCETON, NJ.- The Princeton University Art Museum has acquired an early, rare and important Chimú painted textile panel from the Late Intermediate Period (about A.D. 1200-1290). The large, unusually well-preserved cotton fragment is one section of the famous Chimú Prisoner Textile, considered among the greatest extant Chimú painted textiles. The Chimú culture comprised an Amerindian people that inhabited the northern coast of Peru, A.D. 1100-1400. Their highly developed urban culture lasted until the last Chimú king, Minchançaman, was captured by the Inkas. The Chimú painted panel becomes the most important Andean textile in the Museum’s collection of art of the ancient Americas. Textiles and metalwork are widely considered the most significant artistic media of ancient Peru. “This is a work of great scholarly value – rich with potential for a variety