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Warrior Fragments

A work made of cotton, simple looping ground;  wool (camelid) cross-knit looping and cross-knit loop stitch embroidery.
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  • A work made of cotton, simple looping ground;  wool (camelid) cross-knit looping and cross-knit loop stitch embroidery.

Date:

100 B.C./A.D. 200

Artist:

Nazca
South coast, Peru

About this artwork

Although small in scale, these figures—likely fragments from a border attached to the edge of a solid-colored plain woven textile—potently convey the Nazca worldview. All but one appears as a warrior in elaborate costume. The unadorned figure wears only a loincloth and has an inverted head and partially exposed ribcage, details that indicate that he is a captive intended for sacrifice. The Nazca offered blood, the most sacred substance of life, to honor the supernatural forces governing the natural world, thus insuring good weather and a good harvest.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Nazca

Title

Warrior Fragments

Date

Made 100 BCE–200 CE

Medium

Cotton, simple looping ground; wool (camelid) cross-knit looping and cross-knit loop stitch embroidery

Dimensions

a: 6.4 × 5.7 cm (2 1/2 × 2 1/4 in.) b: 6.4 × 5.7 cm (2 1/2 × 2 1/4 in.) c: 6.4 × 8.9 cm (2 1/2 × 3 1/2 in.) d: 6.7 × 8.3 cm (2 5/8 × 3 1/4 in.) e: 6.4 × 13 cm (2 1/2 × 5 1/8 in.) f: 6.4 × 13 cm (2 1/2 × 5 1/8 in.) g: 6.4 × 4.5 cm (2 1/2 × 1 3/4 in.) h: 6.4 × 4.1 cm (2 1/4 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland

Reference Number

1956.1267.3a-h

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