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Now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this section of an elaborately crafted and painted piece of textile attests the manufacturing prowess of the Chavín people. In the image, a central fanged figure grasps and may be controlling a four-eyed monster. The snake-like elements of this figure have led to the conclusion that he is an ancestor of the khipucamayuc, the Inca name for the keeper of a khipu.

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

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