About this object


Rosita Tovell's father was a collector of Peruvian pre-Columbian ceramics. Rosita moved to Peru in the early 1960s, while her husband served as ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. During this time Rosita began to study and collect pre-Columbian Peruvian ceramics and textiles.

Specific techniques

Dress and upper band have open weave technique in which certain sections of warp are left unwoven to give a semi-translucent effect.

Physical description

Textile doll wearing a yellow dress with horizontal red bands and one band of geometric spiral waves. Upper body has a beige band with brown geometric spirals (waves and step patterns). Hands of three fingers are up and made of a reed grass. Covered with light red dyed camelid threads. Rhomboid eyes with red and white circles in interior, light yellow face, two front red tassels as braids with two yellow knots each. Headdress with vertical bands in light blue, brown, white and black, cream coloured cotton and camelid threads. Interior textile at back of head has bird and geometric decorations, lower body interior has brown cloth with zigzag motif. Upper body has textile made of white wool and gauze.