Trophy head border 1935.32.0081

An anthropomorphic figure, holding a knife in one hand. There are four trophy heads by the figure’s head, one at its chin and three over its head. All the figures point in the same direction, but each other one is reversed.

Material and technique

Embroidered with woollen yarn on plain-woven cotton fabric. The embroidery is stem-stitch in colour-field style. The background embroidery is sewn in the longitudinal (warp) direction of the border, but the small piece at the end is sewn in the other (weft) direction. Due to the difference in thread count between warp and weft, the stitches and, consequently, the figures are different sizes.

Dating and origin

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


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Size 150x23 cm
Item number 1935.32.0081
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Category Border