- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Tools and Equipment
- 30 × 1 3/4 × 1 in. (76.2 × 4.45 × 2.54 cm)
- Arts of the Americas
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of John Wise
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
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.
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.
- 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."