Loincloth

Peruvian, Chancay Period
Late Intermediate Period
A.D. 1000–1476


Object Place: Central Coast, Peru

Dimensions

Height x width: 67 11/16 x 16 1/8 in. (172 x 41 cm)

Accession Number

78.69

Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool; plain weave, slit tapestry, complimentary weft weave with outlining and weft substitution (Note: probably a composite)

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Strip of white cotton with panels of tapestry sewed to each end. (It is questionable whether this is original condition.) Panel at one end with vertical cotton warp, and horizontal stripes having conventionalized birds woven with red and three shades of yellow wool. Narrow bands of braiding at top and bottom. The cotton warp in panel at other end (which may have been child’s tunic) runs horizontally. Design: saw-tooth-sided pyramid woven with red wool, on either side vertical stripes of plain tapestry and brocading with conventionalized birds, woven with red, brown, dark neutral yellow wool.

Provenance

Gift of Edward W. Hooper to MFA, 1878

Credit Line

Gift of Edward W. Hooper