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A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with outlining wefts.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with outlining wefts.

Date:

possibly A.D. 500/600

Artist:

Nazca
Peru, Possibly Nazca Valley, south coast

About this artwork

The design of this panel displays human-animal duality, a theme frequently presented in artwork from throughout the ancient Andean region. It is composed of two groupings of abstract anthropomorphic beings or deities wearing ornate feline masks, headdresses, and ear ornaments. Appendages and heads radiate out from the figures in all directions, creating multiple orientations in which the panel can be read. The multiple heads imbue the beings with otherworldly powers and may carry ritual meaning or represent trophy heads of defeated, decapitated warriors.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 59

Artist

Nazca

Title

Panel

Origin

Peru

Date

500 AD–600 AD

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), slit tapestry weave with outlining wefts

Dimensions

67 x 45.1 cm (26 3/8 x 17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1723

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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