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.
- Currently Off View
- Made 500 CE–900 CE
- Wool (camelid), oblique interlinked and interlaced warp (sprang); cross-knit looping over folded unworked warps; sides joined with wool (camelid) in overcast stitch
- 36.8 × 24.1 cm (14 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)
- Kate S. Buckingham Endowment