Textile pendant ornament

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from grave in necropolis at Ancon, Peru

Postcard of Textile pendant ornament.
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Textile pendant ornament

This was excavated by German antiquarians Reiss and Stuebel during the 1880s at the necropolis at Ancon, on the Peruvian coast. It had been a decorative tassel for a thin, gauze-like garment in a 'mummy bundle'.

This woollen ornament is in the form of a stylised human face, fringed with a 'headdress' and with tassels of various lengths extending below. The face has been made by fine, elaborate stitching.

The Ancon necropolis contained hundreds of 'mummy bundles' - people buried crouched, and wrapped in textiles, with a false head attached, and accompanied by possessions, in underground chambers. They span several centuries to around 1500.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-292-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1902.381
Date: 14th - 16th century
Between the 14th and 16th century
Material: Variegated worsted
What: Ornament, mummy
Subject: Mummy ornaments
Where: South America, Ancient Peru
Description: Ornament in variegated worsted representing a human face with fringes and tassels from the knee of a mummy: Ancient Peru, 14th - 16th century
  • W Reiss and A Stuebel. The Necropolis of Ancon in Peru. Berlin: Asher 1880-1887. 
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