Fragments of mantle 1935.32.0213

1 fragment returned by Gothenburg City to the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia and the Ministry of Culture in Peru on 18 June 2014

24 embroidered figures


The motif consists of a standing anthropoid wearing a tunic and patterned leggings with primate-like opposable “thumbs” on the feet.  The creature has a huge headdress with many protruding parts.  In addition, there are small flying figures on both sides.  A snake “hangs” out from one side of the body, while on the other is a large, wide clothed “tail”.


24 fragments with more or less the same dimensions.

Ground weave:  warp and weft in dark brown cotton.  Embroidery:  camelid fibre yarn, 3 yellows, 3 reds, 3 blues, mid-purple, green, black, grey and 2 different blended yarns = 15 shades.  Technique:  plain weave.  Embroidery in block colour style.  The patterning is very detailed, resulting in considerable strain to the ground.  All 24 parts were probably cut from the same mantle (?).  The threads were plied hard, with a 70 degree twist angle.  The full range of shades does not appear in every fragment.


Intermedio Temprano 1B/2 – Paracas Necrópolis



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Size 7,5 x 7,5 cm
Item number 1935.32.0213
Category Mantle