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Border Fragment

A work made of cotton, plain weave band; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in stem and cross-knit loop stitches; edged with cross-knit looping tabs.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave band; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in stem and cross-knit loop stitches; edged with cross-knit looping tabs.

Date:

100 B.C./A.D. 200

Artist:

Nazca
South coast, Peru

About this artwork

This small but showy textile composed of three-dimensional birds, butterflies, fish, and spiders was likely a border attached to the edge of a solid-colored plain woven textile. Remarkably detailed, these types of borders celebrate the natural world and highlight the achievements of Nazca dyers. The multiple vibrant colors, produced only through the use of natural substances such as indigo, further emphasizes the natural world’s abundance.

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Culture

Nazca

Title

Border Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 100 BCE–200 CE

Medium

Cotton, plain weave band; embroidered with cotton and wool (camelid) in stem and cross-knit loop stitches; edged with cross-knit looping tabs

Dimensions

5.4 × 183.5 cm (2 1/8 × 72 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland

Reference Number

1956.1267.2

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