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Tassel

A work made of wool (camelid), oblique interlinked and interlaced warp (sprang); crossknit looping over folded unworked warps; sides joined with wool (camelid) in overcast stitch.
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  • A work made of wool (camelid), oblique interlinked and interlaced warp (sprang); crossknit looping over folded unworked warps; sides joined with wool (camelid) in overcast stitch.

Date:

500/900

Artist:

Nazca
South coast, Peru

About this artwork

Woven tassels were worn in pairs, attached to a long cord that wrapped around a person’s head, with one tassel falling to each side. Several dozen of these large and elaborately patterned tassels are known, all with the same shape and structure. The tassels were made via a complex technique that produced multiple interconnected layers and mirror-image symmetry. The complexity of Nazca textiles like these far exceeds functional or representational requirements, suggesting that there is symbolic meaning embedded in the structure itself.

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Culture

Nazca

Title

Tassel

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 500 CE–900 CE

Medium

Wool (camelid), oblique interlinked and interlaced warp (sprang); crossknit looping over folded unworked warps; sides joined with wool (camelid) in overcast stitch

Dimensions

37.5 × 23.5 cm (14 5/8 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1955.1793b

Extended information about this artwork

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