X65.11861 Textile panel with corner design

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Textile panel with corner design
Nasca/Wari culture, south coast of Peru
Circa 700-900 C.E.
Cotton, natural and indigo-dyed; plain weave with weft-float patterning
127 x 47 cm
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.11861.


Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013

This panel is complete with all four selvages. (It was intended as one of two that would have formed a larger cloth.)

A cloth with one decorated corner begs to be completed with a companion panel. A related textile with four extant corners and a very similar design and layout was found in Monte Grande in the Nasca Valley. Sometimes two or three panels like this one are used to form a square cloth that has burial associations and may form part of a garment or special wrapping cloth.