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