Fragment

A work made of wool (camelid), plain weave of discontinuous warps and wefts; embroidered in double running stitches; edged with cross-knit loop stitches.
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  • A work made of wool (camelid), plain weave of discontinuous warps and wefts; embroidered in double running stitches; edged with cross-knit loop stitches.

Date:

A.D. 200/900

Artist:

Nazca or Wari
Peru, south coast, Nazca Valley, Tunga

About this artwork

Geometric patterns are common in Andean textile art. Although it may appear simple at first look, this panel is far more elaborate than meets the eye: the geometric designs presented here were formed using multiple techniques, with the weaving of the blue and red half-step frets, the outlining in white embroidery, and the edging in cross-knit loop stitches. This pattern creates an overall checkerboard of color, with the juxtaposed colored surfaces further combining to create full-step frets.

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Artist

Nazca

Title

Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

200 AD–900 AD

Medium

Wool (camelid), plain weave of discontinuous warps and wefts; embroidered in double running stitches; edged with cross-knit loop stitches

Dimensions

55.9 × 68.6 cm (22 × 27 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Henry G. Barkhausen

Reference Number

1956.170

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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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