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.
Artist Paracas, Precolumbian
  • Miniature Poncho
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
Accession Number 1993.22
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
Not On View
1993-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)