Headband with fingers 1932.16.0080

The pattern consists of large Z-shapes overlapping. They have a feline-looking head at each end. Four finger-like “tassels” are attached to the ends of the band, patterned in smaller Z-shapes.

Material and technique

The main band is sewn with woollen yarn and without any supporting framework. Some strands of hair have also been sewn in, a few at the “fingers” and a few in the middle of the band. The band is torn because the dark mauve yarn has crumbled away
. There is no padding in the band itself, but narrow woven band of cotton is visible in the “fingers” in a crack. The embroidery is loop-stitched in linear style.

Dating and origin

Paracas Necropolis, Intermedio Temprano 1-1A (c . 100 BC – 100 AD)


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Size 267x8 cm
Item number 1932.16.0080
Category Band