Olmec Heads - scans of the 17 Olmec heads discovered so far; from Micah Wright's website. Colossal ancient Olmec head from San Lorenzo, Tenochtitlan, Mexico. c.1500 BC. Gulf coast of Mexico, there were about 20 discovered together. They are ruler portraits that have individual characteristics. Jaguar paws - everything resides in their heads - power. Fit into ritual and power structure.

Olmec Heads - scans of the 17 Olmec heads discovered so far; from Micah Wright's website. Colossal ancient Olmec head from San Lorenzo, Tenochtitlan, Mexico. Gulf coast of Mexico, there were about 20 discovered together. They are ruler portrait

Wari | fragment: tunic | camelid hair + cotton | 19-7/8" x 40-3/4" | Peru | c. 7th-9th century

Pre-Columbian Tunic Section Date: century Geography: Peru Culture: Wari Medium: Camelid hair, cotton Accession Number:

cosmicportal:    Pre Inca Textile (Paracas Culture - Peru)

A pre Inca Textile (Paracas Culture - Peru) about 100 AD. Elaborate textiles were excavated from Paracas on the south coast of Peru because it almost never rains on the coast. A burial mantel showing people gyrating in ritual dance.

Four-Cornered Hat, 5th–9th century  Peru, Wari  Camelid hair  H. 7 in. (17.8 cm), Diam. 22 3/4 in.

Four-Cornered Hat

A great stone head from the Olmec civilization at the Smithsonian Institution

The ancient Olmec Civilization had far reaching effects on the other great civilizations of Mexico. Large head sculptures are found as far away as central Mexico. Some believe the Olmecs came from Africa.

Drum [Peru; Paracas] (1979.206.1097) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Figure Drum

Figure Drum Date: century BCE Geography: Peru Culture: Paracas Medium: Ceramic, postfired paint

An ancient textile from the Paracas culture of Perú depicting a figure in axe headdress surrounded by Huachuma plants. The Huachuma cactus represents perhaps the longest-used of the sacred holistic healing plants of South America.  The ceremonial use of Huachuma for healing, magical and divining purposes has been a continuous tradition in Perú for well over 3,000 years and continues today

Paracas culture of Peru depicting a figure in axe headdress surrounded by Huachuma plants

Textiles de Paracas

Textiles de Paracas, The Paracas culture was an Andean society between approximately 800 BCE and 100 BCE, with an extensive knowledge of irrigation and water management and significant contributions in the textile arts.

Paracas tapestry fragment, Paracas Necropolis, Peru, 600-900.

) and camelid fibre weft; standing frontal figure chewing coca and with serpentine appendages sprouting from head and a flanking serpent either side. Red, tan, indigo, dark brown and white.

Paracas textile fragment, cotton ground cloth covered with camelid fibre stem stitch embroidery, remnant of cross-knit loop stitching down left hand...

Paracas textile fragment, cotton ground cloth covered with camelid fibre stem stitch embroidery, remnant of cross-knit loop stitching down left hand.

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