Pair of loom end sticks with feline terminals

DATE:
1100–1450
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Tools and Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
A: 19 1/2 × 3/4 × 5/8 in. (49.53 × 1.91 × 1.59 cm) B: 19 1/2 × 3/4 × 5/8 in. (49.53 × 1.91 × 1.59 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.1812.A-B

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. Loom end sticks serve to establish the top and base of a weaver’s loom. The longitudinal threads, or warps, are looped around the end sticks, between which the artisan begins to weave the horizontal threads, or wefts, for the textile production.

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. No number. One pair of loom bars with carved ends."