PROVENANT D'UNE COLLECTION D'OUTRE ATLANTIQUE
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PARACAS EMBROIDEDRED TEXTILE PANEL
PARACAS NECROPOLIS, MIDDLE/LATE PARACAS, CA. 500-200 B.C.
From the border of a mantle, densely embroidered in linear style in thick camelid wool, with eight panels surrounded by fretwork borders each enclosing an Oculate Being, named for its large eyes, with grinning expression, curling tail and the body enclosing various, smaller animals within, diminutive smaller felines in the field, in deep red, dark blue, olive green and mustard yellow, with looped fringe.
Though the Oculate Being is a common subject in textiles and ceramics of the period, its full meaning is still not comprehended. It maybe that the Oculate Being, whose head is emphasized artistically, was the source, or patron, of a generative power considered as an animating force that flowed through the universe.