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Border Fragment

A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with wool (camelid) in stem stitches.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with wool (camelid) in stem stitches.

Date:

100 B.C./A.D. 200

Artist:

Paracas
South coast, Peru

About this artwork

The distinctive stylized figure depicted on this fragment has wide eyes and an upturned mouth, with streamers or appendages trailing from its body. Scholars have named this figure the “oculate being” because of its wide eyes. However, it remains a matter of debate whether the figure represents a particular supernatural entity or a stylized figural representation.

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Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Paracas

Title

Border Fragment

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 100 BCE–200 CE

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; embroidered with wool (camelid) in stem stitches

Dimensions

39.4 × 20.3 cm (15 1/2 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Alan R. Sawyer

Reference Number

1958.751

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