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Poncho

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
including fringe: 31 x 24 in. (78.7 x 61 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase, Friends Fund, and funds provided by the Maymar Corporation
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
24:1956
NOTES
Peruvian textiles frequently contain repeated imagery with alternating colors and inversions. These carefully devised patterns were highly symbolic, representing the organization of varied designs into a harmonious whole. The imagery on these textiles could also evoke relationships between forms, particularly those in the natural world. The smiling felines prowling across the "Poncho" announce the role they played in the cycle of life and death.
- 1956
John Wise Ltd., New York, NY, USA

1956 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from John Wise Ltd. [1]


Notes:
[1] An invoice from John Wise Ltd. dated March 21, 1956 documents the purchase of this object with 21-23:1956; listed as "Important Matched Set of Four Paracas Textiles (Peru - 500-1500 BC) including Turban, Skirt, Poncho, and Mantle." Additional documentation is found on a bill of sale dated July 20, 1956 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, March 8, 1956.
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