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Fragment of Mantle or Poncho

The elaborate anthropomorphic figures depicted on this fragment, termed Plant Beings by scholars, combine human appendages with monkey feet; a bird wing at the back; and the whiskers and stripes of the pampas cat. Each figure holds a staff in one hand and a vine of beans in the other. Sprouting seeds and plants emanating from serpent-headed streamers refer to fertility and rebirth. The streamers, which flow from the mouth, head, and wing of each figure, may be interpreted as blood, a symbol of life and death.

Las elaboradas figuras antropomórficas representadas en este fragmento, llamadas Seres Vegetales por académicos, combinan extremidades humanas con pies de mono; alas de pájaro en sus espaldas; y los bigotes y rayas del gato de las pampas. Cada figura sostiene un bastón en una mano y una rama de frijoles en la otra. Los brotes y plantas que emanan de volutas con cabezas de serpientes aluden a la fertilidad y al renacimiento. Las volutas, que fluyen de las bocas, cabezas y alas de cada figura pueden ser interpretadas como sangre, símbolo de vida y muerte.

  • Culture: Paracas
  • Medium: Camelid fibers
  • Place Found: Paracas, South Coast, Peru
  • Dates: 100 B.C.E.-200 C.E.
  • Dimensions: 4 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (11.7 x 57.2 cm) Other: 10 x 28in. (25.4 x 71.1cm)  (show scale)
  • Collections:Arts of the Americas
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 1997.56.2
  • Credit Line: Gift of Morris de Camp Crawford, Jr.
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: Paracas. Fragment of Mantle or Poncho, 100 B.C.E.-200 C.E. Camelid fibers, 4 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (11.7 x 57.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Morris de Camp Crawford, Jr., 1997.56.2. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: overall, 1997.56.2_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
  • Catalogue Description: Border fragment woven in camelid fiber with camelid embroidery. The imagery stands out against the light tan plain weave background. Represented are two figures with monkey feet, serrated legs, and a feline mask. The figures float in reverse directions and hold streamers of beans and staffs decorated with tuber-like plants. A border of this type would have been part of a mantle or poncho.
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