Accession Number: 2009.56
Previously with the family of Roderick A. Rawlins; thence given to Dallas Museum of Art (accession date: December 23, 2009).
REASON FOR ACQUISITION AS AN EXCEPTION TO THE 1970 RULE: Although provenance is alleged to at least 1960, the DMA has been unable to substantiate the precise date of its departure from its probable country of origin because a previous owner is deceased. The Rawlins family lived in southern Peru during the 1950s, when they acquired objects representing ancient south coast Peruvian cultures such as Nasca and Ica. According to Myrtie R. Rice (phone conversation with Carol Robbins/DMA, 2/1/2012), her parents acquired the textile during the 1950s. Mrs. Rawlins (her mother) died in Peru in 1960, after which the family returned to Dallas. The textile is unusual, but it offers greater potential for study than for exhibition. The extensive shedding of fibers from the individual bands suggests that the textile may date from Middle Horizon or earlier rather than the Late Horizon, as it was conservatively catalogued originally.