Sampler

A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in back, cross, double running, running, satin, and stem stitches.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in back, cross, double running, running, satin, and stem stitches.

Date:

A.D. 1/200

Artist:

Nazca
Peru, south coast, Nazca Valley, Coyungo

About this artwork

Images of birds are often presented in polychrome ceramics and textiles created by Nazca artists. the birds depicted in this panel are delicately rendered in white outlining and colored highlights, with embroidery reminiscent of earlier Paracas needlework. In their beaks, they carry various flora along with crustaceans, fish, insects, snakes, spiders, and worms. The design may have deeper meaning, using the food chain as a metaphor for transformation. There is a group of several similar examples of embroidered birds of Nazca origin, often referred to as samplers. Some scholars theorize that these works relate to a specific workshop or are evidence of strict guidelines and regulations for production.

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Artist

Nazca

Title

Sampler

Origin

Peru

Date

1 AD–200 AD

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in back, cross, double running, running, satin, and stem stitches

Dimensions

60 × 37.8 cm (23 5/8 × 14 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Edwin A. Seipp

Reference Number

1956.75

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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