c. 600-400 B.C.
Embroidery on tabby cloth; needle reseau and fringe at border
Overall: 40.7 x 182.9 cm (16 x 72 in.)
The Norweb Collection 1940.529
Extremely dry conditions on Peru's desert coast allow for the extraordinary preservation of textiles.
The embroidered design consists entirely of felines, some of which are depicted with trophy heads. Both are very common motifs of Paracas art. The linear and highly stylized design as well as the limited spectrum of colors are characteristic of Paracas embroideries from the Middle Period.
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