Arts of the Americas
Cotton, camelid fiber
100 B.C.E.-100 C.E.
Early Intermediate Period 1
105 1/8 x 51 15/16 in. (267 x 131.9 cm) (show scale)
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Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
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Paracas Necropolis. Mantle, 100 B.C.E.-100 C.E. Cotton, camelid fiber, 105 1/8 x 51 15/16 in. (267 x 131.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 34.1554. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.1554.jpg)
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Size: adult; probable wearer: male. Plain weave, with the field consisting of a horizontal camelid fiber warp and camelid fiber weft. The borders are woven with a horizontal cotton warp, cotton weft, and camelid fiber embroidery; one corner is missing. The mantle has a dark green background with a 24 centimeter fringed border on each side and small embroidered squares all over. It is decorated with a formalized animal motif in blue, green and yellow.
Mary Frame's notes: Multiple feline figures are nested within the outline of "linear figures." The ears, tail, and arrangement of limbs and head are consistent with feline representations. Filler figures are cats, humans(?) and snakes. Cats also repeat in the interior border and on the looped seam cover. The number of figures on the mantle field is relatively large in comparison to other "linear" checkerboard mantles.
Three other textiles in the Brooklyn Museum collection have figures that relate to those on 34.1554. This example is the most feline-like; 34.1541a,b and 47.13.2 are predominantly feline with some human attributes, and 34.1546 is a predominantly human figure with a few feline traits.
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