Paracas Funerary Mantles: Offerings for Life – 2015
- Paracas funerary mantles: Offerings for Life
- Who Were The Paracas?
- The Wari Kayán Cemetery and Its discoverer
- What is a funerary bundle?
- Offerings for the Afterlife
- “Reading” the Images
- Severed heads, trophy heads
- Paracas textile art
- Three styles of embroidery
- A miniature outfit
- Headband: Turban I
- Headband: Turban II
- Headband: Turban III
- Turban-cloth: Two-headed serpents
- Skirt: Big-Eyed Being
- Uncu tunic with felines: Big-eyed Being
- Short poncho: Orcas
- Short poncho: Feline-Man
- Short poncho with fringes: Big-Eyed Being
- Attire of a Paracas chief
- Opening a funerary bundle from the Wari Kayán Necrópolis
- Mantles for the afterfile
- Bibliographic references
Funerary mantle. Plain weave, cross-knit looping and embroidery in the Block Color style; camelid fiber. Mummy Nº 319, object Nº 9. 277,5 x 140 cm (INC-MNAAHP, RT-1444).
Funerary mantle (detail). Plain weave, cross-knit looping and embroidery in the Linear style; camelid and cotton fibers. Mummy Nº 378, object Nº 2. 255,5 x 131 cm (INC-MNAAHP, RT-1550).
The motif embroidered onto this mantle is the feline version of the Big Eyed Being, represented in profile and facing forward, in alternating positions. Human heads appear at the end of appendages protruding from its head and chin, as well as at the top of the tail. In its paws this Being holds a sacrificial knife and a severed head. Although it is embroidered in the so-called Linear style, the checkerboard design in the central field and the use of identical motifs align it with the Block Color style.