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Catalog number 98.4.22
Title Border of a textile with feline figure
Object Name Textile
Description Paracas embroidered border decorated with feline "Oculate" being.
Unlike the textiles of many other cultures, Paracas textiles are embroidered rather than painted. Embroidery is a superstructural technique, meaning that stitches are made on top of a plain ground cloth to form the textile's principal decoration. Paracas artisans excelled at a number of different embroidery techniques, including the Linear Style and Broad Line Style, whose names reveal their essential characteristics. But perhaps their most virtuoso achievement can be found in the Block Color style of embroidery. Block Color embroidery consists of outlining the central figure or design element and then filling in the interior and background details with evenly embroidered stitches. The end result produces highly unique compositions with different variations on a single iconographic type, even within the same piece of cloth. Analysis of the idiosyncrasies in style and technical ability found within single embroideries has revealed to scholars that they were often produced by multiple hands.
Ananda Suarez Cohen, "Early Textiles Traditions of South Coastal Peru," in "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," (G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, September 8 - October 24, 2009), 14.
Medium/Material Embroidered, camelid fiber
Dimensions H-3.125 W-5 inches
Year Range from 100
Year Range to 1
Search Terms Pre-Columbian
Americas
Peru
Animal
Face
Ceremonial
Mythological
Symbolism
Funerary
Textile
1st century BC
2nd century BC
1st century AD
Exhibition and Publication History * Amy Winter, ed. "Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, September 8 - October 24, 2009.
Culture Paracas/Peruvian