This finely woven and embroidered miniature poncho was made for a high-ranking child and was probably worn on state occasions before being buried with its owner. This extremely intricate embroidery imitates the geometry of a woven textile because of its repeated pattern of interlocking double-headed serpents, which probably represent an agricultural deity.
|Date||between 100 BCE and 100 CE|
|Medium||plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery and two fringes, cotton and camelid fiber|
|Dimensions||Overall: 31 1/2 × 33 1/2 inches (80 × 85.1 cm)|
|Credit Line||Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council, and the J. Lawrence Buell, Jr. Fund|
|Department||Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas|
|Not On View|
1993-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)