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CA. A.D. 100-200
The complete tunic woven in cotton, one half with an anthropomorphic figure with angular arms to the sides, the face distinguished by a toothy grin ; perhaps the image of a deity, the second half with highly stylised double heads of ferocious animals, possibly foxes, overlaid in bright blue, yellow, orange black and white feathers.
Feather textiles were first produced in ancient Peru about 500 B.C. and this tradition was continued by the Nazca, Tiahuanaco and Huari through to the Inca period. Records indicate that finely woven cloths were used as currency and as tribute and among these, feather cloths were the most esteemed. This Early Nazca tabard is distinct for its use of a bold human form with a dramatic expression.
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