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LATE PARACAS/EARLY NAZCA TEXTILE FRAGMENT
CA. 200 B.C.-A.D. 300
The mantle border woven in stem-stitch in camelid wool with a frieze consisting of two mythic human impersonators, one in a "flying pose" with legs extended at the back, large, grinning expression, wearing a striped costume with trophy-heads attached to the sides, the second wearing a feline mouth mask with large "goggle" eyes, the body sharply bent in an arched pose, resembling a somersault, adorned with vegetal streamers and trophy-heads, in shades of deep red and green, brown, ochre, slate blue and white.
Textiles seem to have provided to these South Coast artist/artisans a larger, flatter field than ceramics. Here a full spectrum of colors in natural and dyed yarns was utilized on these "flat canvases" to elaborate upon mythical themes and shamanistic visions.