14798. Paracas Textile Embroidered Mantel Strip
South Coast Peru Ca. 200 BC/A.D.
A colorful textile fragment hand-woven from camelid wool (alpaca or llama), in hues of yellow, red, moss green, and navy blue. The piece depicts a stylized feline animal, and the tail curves upward, forming a second creature. The linear creature is supported by four legs and stares outward with a grinning face. This animal may be a representation of a feline deity or spirit, such as the pampas cat or jaguar. Jaguars were not common in the Paracas area of Peru but known throughout the Andes for their legendary qualities. One edge of the panel is hemmed with a thick border which was probably attached to the woven panel after it was completed. The panel is displayed in an acrylic case to protect the fibers, which are remarkably vibrant and well preserved! Size of textile: 9.5" L x 4.5" W (24.1 cm x 11.4 cm); case: 13" L x 7.6" W x 2.125" H (33 cm x 19.3 cm x 5.4 cm)