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.
Wool and cotton
53 x 39 3/4 x 1/4 in. (134.6 x 101 x 0.6 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of Mrs. George E. Vincent
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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
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