Yellow Border 1935.32.0198

This border has one of the Paracas collection’s most highly detailed motifs. It probably comes from the same mantle as the fragments numbered 1935.32.0211.

Motif description

A quasi-human figure with a head which seems to be upside down, perhaps because it is turned backwards. The figure is wearing a tunic with sleeves, leggings, anklets, bracelets and hair pendants. Parts of the face are covered by a large whiskered mask. A headpiece is visible on the forehead. Two trophy bodies, seemingly with painted faces, are suspended from the head. The heads of the trophy bodies are also depicted upside down. The arms of the large figure are stretched upwards to one side of the body. One hand holds a small trophy head, while the other holds a larger head and two headpieces.

A large serpentine band emanates from the figure’s headpiece. It is covered by an unidentified object and on the end of it are the face and forelegs of a feline animal. There are two smaller twisted bands near the trophy bodies. A band issuing from the mouth of the large figure terminates in a feline motif. There are similar cats on the points along the edge of the border.

Material and technique

Embroidered with woollen yarn on plain-woven cotton fabric. The embroidery is in colour-field style and stem-stitched. The sewn points along the side are blanket-stitched over a support thread. The border is embroidered in 23 different colours.

Dating and origin

Paracas Necropolis, Intermedio Temprano 2 (c. 100 AD – 200 AD)


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Size 342x20 cm
Item number 1935.32.0198
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Category Border