Public celebrations in Cuzco and Potosí, in present-day Peru and Bolivia, were known for their extravagance. This fine poncho would have been worn in procession by musicians, its silver threads glimmering in the sunlight. Employing traditional methods of the Inca master weavers (cumbicamayos), the poncho is filled with European-style imagery, such as cherubs, double-headed eagles, scrollwork, vines, and vases. Four musicians with trumpets—two on each side—wear fashionable Spanish dress. Tucked within these designs, birds, lions, monkeys, and other animals, including the Andean mountain viscacha (a rodent in the chinchilla family), provide ample evidence of Andean life.
From exhibition Archive of the World, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Elena Phipps in the accompanying publication, cat. no. 33, pp. 175–77)
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- Phipps, Elena, Johanna Hecht, and Cristina Esteras Martín, eds. The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530–1830. Exh. cat. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004.
- Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 6, 2011 - January 29, 2012
- Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800*** Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022
- Tapestries and Silverwork from the Colonial Andies New York, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 29, 2004 - December 12, 2004