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Artist Culture
Middle Horizon, c.600–1000
Feathers and cotton
Associated with
Andaray, Arequipa department, Perú, South America
Coverings & hangings, textiles
Current Location
Not on view
26 15/16 x 82 5/16 in. (68.5 x 209 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Public Domain
Object Number
This beautiful panel was made from thousands of feathers from blue and yellow macaws, painstakingly tied in overlapping rows to a cotton backing. The mantle was found with dozens of others at a site in southern Peru, hundreds of miles from the macaw's tropical habitat. The entire offering consisted of perhaps a million individual feathers. The function of these mantles is not clear; they may have served as architectural decor, bringing the realm of the rainforest to an arid domain.
by 1948 - 1949
Walram von Schoeler, New York, NY, USA [1]

1949 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Walram Von Schoeler [2]

[1] A letter from Walram von Schoeler to the Museum dated October 9, 1948 indicates that the "Feathermantle" had been on loan to the Museum before that date. Records indicate the object arrived as part of a group of Andean objects received as loans from Walram von Schoeler on August 20, 1948 [Incoming Shipment Log, Saint Louis Art Museum Archives].

[2] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, November 3, 1949; letter from von Schoeler dated December 6, 1949 [SLAM document files].
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