Proto-Nazca Mantle, south coast of Peru, circa 200AD, 6' 4" x 2' 8"

These three dimensional knitted fringes were called Paracas for a long time, but should be called Proto Nazca, not classic Nazca, which is later but in the same river valley.
And the mantle may be a half, but if it had another half it was virtually identical and woven separately.  The heads seen are a bit unusual as they are bearded heads.  Many of these mantles include heads without beards.

The condition is pretty good and immediately apparent in the images. If you require more detail images, please do not hesitate to request them


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