Gallerie Meyer, Los Angeles, 1965
Ce lot a été reproduit dans Tejidos y Ponchos Indigenas de Sud America, Alfredo Taullard, 1949....
This lot was reproduced in Tejidos y Ponchos Indigenas de Sud America, Alfredo Taullard, 1949.
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FIVE LATE PARACAS TEXTILE FIGURES,
CA. 200 B.C.-A.D. 100
From the border section of a mantle in stem-stitch embroidery in camelid fiber, each woven with an "ecstatic shaman", head thrown back and body arched, grasping a trophy-head in one hand and a pointed weapon in the other, a similar trophy-head emerging from the chin, wearing a sashed tunic, headdress of tripartite streamers embellished with miniature trophy-heads and a mythical creature's mask stretching across the forehead, in mustard yellow, olive green, teal and dark blue, magenta red and white.
Artistic representations specifically in textiles suggest that Andean south coast societies incorporated the prevailing view of a shaman's vocation. Shamans had the power to enter across the threshold into the world of the dead, to summon spirits and to promote fertility. These figures floating in space, tumbling backwards, curiously contorted are reminiscent of the somersaulting feats performed by the present-day Tacaria shamans of Bolivia.