Loom sword

DATE:
1100–1450
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Tools and Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
30 × 1 3/4 × 1 in. (76.2 × 4.45 × 2.54 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.W.1821

General Description

Textiles are some of the finest and most specialized arts of the Andes, providing fundamental information regarding regional production, developed techniques, and adopted styles. This wooden implement represents one of the principal tools used in textile manufacture. Loom swords served to separate warps and compact wefts in textile manufacture on a loom.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1983.W.1815; 1983.W.1818; 1983.W.1821; 1983.W.1809; 1983.W.1812.a–b; 1983.W.1835; 1983.W.1839], 2015.

Fun Facts

  • In his 1976 report, Junius B. Bird, curator emeritus of South American archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History, notes: "Period Uncertain - Miscellaneous. 15 items, no numbers. Weave swords or beaters of various sizes, the smaller probably for pattern construction; all single-ended with carved figures, ie. pairs of birds, diving bird, bird with fish, monkey, double-headed snake etc. all O.K."