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Dr. Cynthia Chin Kirk
Ph.D. Researcher, The University of Glasgow
Philippe Halbert
Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University

Peruvian woman holding a fan and embroidered cumbi

Date: circa 1700

Place: Viceroyalty of Peru

Maker: Unknown

Location: Christie's