Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Paracas Textile - a 2,000 yr old treasure from the Brooklyn Museum

The Paracas Textile is a mantle made in pre-Colombian Peru and you really have to see it to believe it (and it's not always on display because it is so fragile & light sensitive--it's under a cloth that you push back to view, then re-cover it when you're done--much like the Beatles' written work at the British Museum!).  It's woven & embroidered & the people around the edge are tiny.  And extremely detailed.  A true masterpiece.  And, like the Bayeux Tapestry, historians and archeologists have learned a lot about life on coastal Peru 2,000 years ago because of what is depicted on this mantle.

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