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Item Details
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Culture
Peru, South Coast, Ica Valley, Ocucaje site?, Paracas people
Title
Tunic
Work Type
Textile
Date
400-200 BC
Material
looped camelid fiber
Measurements
Average: 94 x 82.6 cm (37 x 32 1/2 in.)
Description
The striking, large-scale figure shown on this tunic has an elaborate, monkey-like tail as well as head appendages that mark the creature as supernatural. This tunic, a relatively rare type, was made not on a loom but rather by working the yarns into loops with a needle. It is made entirely with camelid fiber, which can readily be dyed in a range of vivid colors. The fiber comes from one of the four camels (camelids) native to the Andes Mountains—the alpaca and llama, both domesticated, and the wild guanaco and vicuña. On the coast, it represents a prestige import.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: T - Pre-Columbian
Department: Textiles
Provenance: Emery May Holden Norweb [1895-1984] and Raymond Henry Norweb [1894-1983], Cleveland OH, 1940, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Norweb Collection
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1940.514_full.tif
SSID
24588969

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