Yellow mantle fragment 1935.32.0211

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.

The three fragments with the same motif probably come from the same mantle as the border 1932.35.0198. The motif here looks “squashed”.

Material and technique

Embroidered with woollen yarn on plain-woven cotton fabric. The embroidery is in colour-field style and sewn with very dense stem-stitch, using hard-twisted yarn, which partly explains why the ground weave has split. The fragments are embroidered in 18 different colours.

Dating and origin

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


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Size 14x11 cm
Item number 1935.32.0211
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Category Mantle