Here we have a connected trio of "Chancay dolls," old yet not pre-Colombian, from the estate of a collector of Peruvian folk art. A website about this unique tradition describes Chancay doll as as “folk art figures made by indigenous and Mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish) cultures of the Andean region in South America. The figures are modeled after ancient cloth soft sculptures found in the graves of elite Chancay people, whose culture flourished in the central coastal desert region of Peru during the Late Intermediate period (1000-1460 CE)." This particular piece more than likely is primarily composed of fragments of ancient textiles. Over time, and especially up until more recent decades, ancient textiles were found littering the surface of burial grounds, unfortunately due to looting. Local residents would gather up remnants and use them to dress these folk art figures. So there is some controversy surrounding Chancay dolls, although one might look at that tradition of reuse as more of a loving and positive re-use (re-creation) coming out of a more negative reality (looting of gravesites).
This "Chancay doll" sculpture measures about 7" wide by 6" tall and weighs a scan 3.8 ounces. There is some paper adhered to the fabric, which likely was on the fabric when found.
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