Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BC-AD 1) / Border Fragment with Oculate Being / 300 BC-1Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BC-AD 1)
Border Fragment with Oculate Being
300 BC-1

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BC-AD 1)
Title: Border Fragment with Oculate Being
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: 1
Creation Date: 300 BC-1
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Embroidery
Materials and Techniques: camelid fiber, embroidery over foundation cloth
Dimensions: Overall: 116.2cm x 16.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1985.193
Credit Line: Gift of The Textile Art Alliance
Context: This fragment from the border of a garment is embroidered with the repeated image of the Oculate Being, also seen on the large vessel nearby. This supernatural being-associated with late Paracas society's severed head cult-typically has large eyes, head streamers, and an upturned mouth. It often carries weapons, here darts. Smaller renditions of the figure occur in the ground, along with tiny felines.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1985.193
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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