Mantle Fragment with Cross-Knit Loop Stitched Embroidered Border of Hummingbird Motifs



Mantle Fragment with Cross-Knit Loop Stitched Embroidered Border of Hummingbird Motifs




ca. 100 - 200 AD


Early Intermediate Period
South America, Central Andes, South Coast


Camelid fiber, natural dyes
8 x 17 3/4 in. (20.3 x 45.1 cm)

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The mantle corner with hummingbirds combines techniques: plain weave and a three-dimensional embroidery known as cross-knit looping. The original piece would have been a large, dark blue rectangle, perhaps two by five feet or larger, completely encircled by fourteen feet or more of the charming hummingbird fringe. Based on a similar piece in another collection, originally the hummingbirds' beaks would have been thicker and each may have been shown drinking from an attached flower.

Credit Line

Ex coll. C. Clay and Virginia Aldridge


MCCM Newsletter, September - November 2002.


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