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Arts of the Americas

This carpet is most likely a prayer rug used in church that belonged to an elite woman in Spanish colonial Peru. Its design features a man and woman attended by an enslaved black figure. The woman dons upper-class European attire, a social signifier embraced by wealthy Creoles (American-born Spaniards) to underscore their socio-racial and cultural ties to the Old World. Despite their unprecedented purchasing power, Creoles lacked political equity. The resulting tension paved the way for the many wars of independence from Spain in the nineteenth century.
MEDIUM Wool and cotton
DATES 18th century
PERIOD Colonial Period
DIMENSIONS 53 x 39 3/4 x 1/4 in. (134.6 x 101 x 0.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. George E. Vincent
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Rug, 18th century. Wool and cotton, 53 x 39 3/4 x 1/4 in. (134.6 x 101 x 0.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George E. Vincent, 50.155. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.155_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 50.155_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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