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Object Name: Textile panel with corner design
Culture: Nasca/Wari culture
Place of Origin: South Coast of Peru
Date/Era: Circa 700-900 C.E.
Medium/Materials: Cotton, natural and indigo-dyed; plain weave with weft-float patterning
Dimensions: 127 x 47 cm
Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust.
Accession Number: X65.11861
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.
Source: Elena Phipps, The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth. Ancient Threads / New Directions. Fowler Museum Textile Series, No. 12, Los Angeles, 2013