Unfinished border 1935.32.0079

The unfinished state of this border enables one to see how textile work could proceed. First the outlines of each figure were embroidered in what was to be the background colour. Rows of stitches were embroidered in between the figures to ensure equal distancing. The background was then covered with close stitching. Last of all the figures were filled in. In this border none of the figures has been embroidered and the background is also unfinished.

Motif description

An anthropomorphic figure viewed full face. It is holding a stave in one hand and a knife in the other. It is wearing a tunic and what appears to be a belt. Trophy heads dangle from the belt on both sides, and two serpentine bands, terminating in trophy heads, emerge from the figure’s head. All figures are facing in the same direction, but every other figure is reversed.

Material and technique

Embroidered in woollen yarn on a plain-woven woollen fabric. The embroidery is in stem-stitch in colour-field style.

Dating and origin

Paracas Necropolis, Intermedio Temprano 1A (c. 100 BC – 100 AD)


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Size 203x18 cm
Item number 1935.32.0079
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Category Border