Description This extraordinary border once edged a tunic or perhaps part of a decorative hanging or blanket. This type of needle-knitted, three-dimensional figures executed as a border and embroidered with “stem-stitch” embroidery to create lively faces is a hallmark of early or proto-Nazca textiles. The reliance on the three primary colors, as well as black and white, with yellow and blue alternating in combination with a base color of red, shows an interest in complementarity that is reinforced by the incorporation of narrow bands and small flecks within the vertical elements above the faces.
Provenance Purchased by Georgia de Havenon, New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 2016.
Credit Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 2016
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