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Artist:   Chimu  
Title:   Mirror  
Date:   1100  
Medium:   Wood, metal  
Dimensions:   5 7/16 x 2 x 1 1/8 in. (13.81 x 5.08 x 2.86 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

The Kingdom of Chimor dominated the north coast of Peru from about 900. The massive capital city Chan Chan, comprised of more than 10,000 adobe structures, was the largest city in the ancient Americas with 60,000 inhabitants at its height. The grandeur of Chimu architecture was complemented by the intimacy of personal prestige objects like this naturalistically carved wooden mirror. The craftsmanship of Chimu artists was so highly regarded that, after their conquest by the Inka in 1470, the most skilled were sent to the new capital of Qosqo (Cuzco) to work for the Inka elite.

Object Description  
Classification:   Woodwork  
Physical Description:   PR hand in a loose fist and forearm with reflective metal disk on palm of hand; back of hand, top of fingers and wrist carved with horizontal bands of geometric and organic designs  
Creation Place:   South America, Peru, Andean region, ,  
Accession #:   99.161.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts