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Mantle

Artist Culture
Paracas
Period
Early Horizon, c.900–200 BC
Date
c.200 BC–AD 100
Material
Camelid fiber
Probably from
Pisco, Ica province, Perú, South America
Classification
Costume & clothing, textiles
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
50 in. x 102 3/8 in. (127 x 260 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase, Friends Fund, and funds provided by the Maymar Corporation
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
21:1956
NOTES
Cats abound on this enormous textile, occupying open space within and between other cats. Angular outlines of felines repeat in linear formation with remarkable consistency, but their forms are somewhat obscured by the overall geometry and rhythm. Cats best seen in the top and bottom horizontal borders express duality as two-bodied beings. Follow the serrated outline of a cat’s back to see how its tail turns a corner and becomes the tail of another cat. This mantle does not show signs of frequent wear, which suggests it was made for the exclusive use of wrapping the dead prior to burial in the coastal desert.
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