Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Nasca - Artifact #1

Border fragment - Nasca

WHO: Nasca culture

WHERE: South coast, Peru

WHEN: Early Intermediate Period, A.D. 100-300

WHAT: Cross-knit looped fragment of a border. The human faces represent severed heads. The long black yarn does not indicate a beard, as Andean men lacked such substantial facial hair, but long hair. The heads are stitched to a band with geometric designs. Above the band is a series of paired tabs which represent beans, an Andean staple. This textile is a fragment of what may have been a fringe element sewn along the armhole or neck slit of a man's tunic.
Fragment Length: 33.5cm

HOW: Cross-knit looping; camelid wool.

MUSEUM: Textile Museum of Canada.

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