Brown mantle fragment 1935.32.0210

This piece probably comes from the same mantle as 1935.32.0212  in the same showcase.

Motif description

A quasi-human figure with a head which seems to be upside down, perhaps because it is turned backwards. The face is apparently covered by a be-whiskered mask. Five serpentine bands issue from the chin, and two trophy bodies are suspended from the sides of the head
. The figure has a necklace of mollusc shells and bracelets. In its hands it holds short staves, headpieces and an unidentified object. At the sides of the figure are four serpentine bands with something resembling flowers.

The figure is wearing a tunic, the lower part of which looks like a large face with eyes and nostrils . The face also appears to have a mouth with teeth from which four headpieces and the legs of the main figure protrude. The legs terminate in feet which do not look human, because they apparently have a “thumb”, i.e. a toe positioned contrary to the other toes.

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 16 different colours.

Dating and origin

Paracas Necropolis, Intermedio Temprano 1B-2 (c. 100 BC – 200 AD)


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Size 25x14 cm
Item number 1935.32.0210
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Category Mantle