Fragments of a Mantle Border



Fragments of a Mantle Border




100-200 AD


Early Intermediate Period
South America, Central Andes


Camelid fiber
A: 2 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (5.7 x 35.9 cm)
B: 2 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. (5.7 x 37.1 cm)
C: 2 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (5.7 x 36.8 cm)
Support (board that the three sections are stitched on): 18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm)

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Three sections remain of a Nasca cross-knit looped border featuring abstracted faces above beans. They would have been attached around the edges of a plain weave rectangle, probably by the heads since the more numerous beans to flare out like a fringe. The faces consist only of schematic eyes and a mouth. The beans are patterned to evoke the many colors of this staple foodstuff of the Americas. Beans are celebrated in many Nasca art forms, such as ceramics, which can be seen in the first ancient American gallery. Survival along the harsh, dry coast of Peru meant constant preoccupation with protein sources, of which beans, fish, maize, and peanuts were among the few possibilities. Thus, ringing a high-status cloth with "bean-people" becomes more understandable to us today.

Credit Line

Gift of Drs. Ann and Robert Walzer


MCCM Newsletter, March - May 2003.


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