For 40 years the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) has been educating its members about needlepoint, now ANG would like to educate others as well.
ANG’s celebration of needlepoint and samplers is a three- year event, coinciding with the annual Seminars in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Coast to coast for the
coming three years, you are invited to join“A JOURNEY WITH NEEDLEART – From the Past to the Future.”

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oldest Sampler???

As often as we hear about the Jane Bostocke antique sampler, we might wonder about earlier examples of sampler needlework.

Are you aware of the Peruvian sampler that is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York? This sampler is dated to the 2nd century BCE. This sampler shares designs of unusual animals, geometric art, and other figures worked in an array of directions with cotton on camelid ground. Camelid is the family of animals that includes alpaca and llamas. These animals and their fur are found easily in Peru. This sampler measures approximately 28.5" x 42". This wonderul historical needlework is from the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection (bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979).

To see this photo of this sampler, go the Metropolitan Museum of Art .

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