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Lot 132: 1960s Guatemalan Patzún Textile Huipil
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
** A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit The Fowler Museum at UCLA **
Latin America, Guatemala, Patzunca. 1960s CE. A lovely Patzún Guatemalan huipil (from the Nahuatl word huipilli - a form of Mayan textiles and tunic/blouses traditionally worn by various indigenous peoples including Mayan, Zapotec, and other women in central and southern Mexico) of a beautiful scarlet red hue with finely embroidered multi-colored, half inch striated bands set two inches apart. The seam is embroidered in different colored segments, and though this example has small arm holes, there is no opening for a head. This said, a suspension rod would easily fit through the arm holes to create an attractive wall panel. Patzún is a Kaqchikel speaking village of Chimaltenango, and their two-paneled, back-strap loomed huipils are a favorite among many Mayan women. Size: 32" W x 21" H (81.3 cm x 53.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA
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Condition Report: Missing opening for head. Selvage end on panels. Some stretched areas of weave.