Mantle Segment, Paracas, circa 300 BC
Mantle Segment, Embroidery
Paracas Culture, circa 300 BC
12 x 13 cm
Almost originated concurrently with the Chavin civilisation, the Paracas foreshadows some of the most celebrated styles in the latter period, such as Nazca, Wari and Chancay.
Centralising on a hybrid creation of three widely revered motifs— the mythical being “the Oculate,” the “ecstatic shaman” and the “staff-bearing feline”, this mini textile’s intensity of stitchings and the vividness of colour presents us the sense of awe and ecstasy in the An- des’ ritualistic vision.