Peru, Paracas Peninsula / Border fragment / 1st-2nd CenturyPeru, Paracas Peninsula
Border fragment
1st-2nd Century

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Creator Nationality: South American; Peruvian
Creator Active Place: Paracas Peninsula, Peru
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, Paracas Peninsula
Title: Border fragment
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Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 1st-2nd Century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Woven
Materials and Techniques: Cotton, camelid hair
Dimensions: L. 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1994.35.120
Credit Line: Arthur M. Bullowa Bequest, 1993

The textiles of ancient Peru were made by a people with an inordinate sensitivity to the complexities of structure, pattern, and color. Fortunately preserved through the centuries by the dry climate of the coastal region where they were interred, the fabrics retain much of this complexity today. Textiles discovered in the necropolis of Wari Kayan on the Paracas Peninsula in the early part of the century are particularly striking. Encompassing a wide range of garment type, they exhibit rich colors imaginatively combined, and compelling designs and imagery. This fragment of a border from an embroidered mantle depicts two backbent figures that alternate position and share but do not alternate color schemes. Thought to represent the same skeletonized figure, they have been variously described as falling, floating, flying, dancing, and drowning.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1994.35.120
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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