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Burial Wrapper With Supernatural Beings

Paracas culture


Most ancient Peruvian textiles that survive today came from tombs.

Textiles have survived because of the arid climate of the Peruvian coast.

Textiles were woven on a simple back-strap loom still used in Latin America.

Textiles often include stylized human or animal forms with mythological or religious significance.

The human figures repeated within the checkerboard pattern of this wrapper may depict ritual specialists.

Object Information

culture
Paracas culture
creation date
400BCE - 200 BCE
materials
wool
dimensions
16 x 42 1/4 in.
accession number
47.88
credit line
Gift of Mrs. A.W.S. Herrington and the Eliza M. Niblack Textile Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors