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MEDIUM Cotton, camelid fiber
  • Place Found: South Coast, Peru
  • DATES 100 B.C.E.-100 C.E.
    PERIOD Early Horizon Period 10 to Early Intermediate Period 1
    DIMENSIONS 110 x 54 in. (279.4 x 137.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Paracas Necropolis "linear". Mantle, 100 B.C.E.-100 C.E. Cotton, camelid fiber, 110 x 54 in. (279.4 x 137.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 34.1550. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 34.1550_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Size: adult. Probable wearer: male. Field: cotton warp, cotton weft, plain weave. Borders: cotton warp, cotton weft with camelid fiber embroidery. The border foundation is very weak. A dark blue field with dark brown warps in the borders. The embroidery uses red for the border background, and green, yellow, and dark blue colors. According to Mary Frame, variants of this motif most often occur on turbans (head cloths). Some have feline or human heads, rather than snake heads. (See Anne Paul, Nawpa Pacha 20, pp. 41-60). On the border, the embroidered images of interlocked snakes with slanted bodies in an S- or Z-twist direction are analogous to the structures of cords. Filler figures of coiled snakes surround the interlocked figures.
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