Purple turban or mantle 1935.32.0184

An anthropomorphic figure, seeming clad in tunic and loincloth. The head seems upside down, perhaps because it is inclined backwards. It has a face mask with whiskers and a headpiece, and anklets, There are two trophy heads or serpent heads to either side of the face
. Two serpentine bands emerge from the headpiece
. The figure is holding a trophy head in one hand and in the other an unknown object which could be a knife. The feet are not anthropomorphic, because they each have one toe pointing in the opposite direction to the others.

The figures are ranged in diagonal lines according to colour. In each corner there is also a larger figure in a square with points sewn onto it.

The motif resembles that of border 1935.32.0203 in the same showcase.

Material and technique

Embroidered with woollen yarn on a plain-woven woollen fabric. The embroidery is in stem-stitch in colour-field style. Each figure has been initially embroidered with contour lines. To one side of the embroidered figures in the corners are points sewn in blanket stitch over a support thread.

Dating and origin

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


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Size 190x80 cm
Item number 1935.32.0184
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Category Mantle, Turban