Cultures & Traditions


The Paracas culture is named after a desert peninsula on the southern coast of Peru. The deserts of the Paracas peninsula, whose name means “sand falling like rain,” have preserved fragile objects deposited in cemeteries some 2,000 years ago. In the late 1920s, Peruvian archaeologists recovered more than 400 textile-wrapped funerary bundles from Paracas excavations. Ceramic vessels attributed to the Paracas culture have been found on the peninsula and in nearby valleys.

Adapted from

  • DMA Teaching Packet, 1993.

  • Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Vessel depicting a falcon (1976.W.85)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 24.

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