Fragment of Embroidered Cloth

Fragment of Embroidered Cloth

c. 300-100 B.C.

Embroidery on plain wool ground

Average: 100.3 x 139.1 cm (39 1/2 x 54 3/4 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1940.528

Fun Fact

Each figure wears an elaborate headdress and carries a trophy head and a throwing stick.


The repetition of a nonmythical figure, in this case a warrior holding spears and a trophy head, was one of the important innovations of Paracas textile design during the Late Paracas period. The trophy head cult was an essential aspect of crop fertility and was, therefore, a focal point of Paracas art in general.

See also
T - Pre-Columbian
Type of artwork: 
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The Norweb Collection

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