Loincloth

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


Object Place: Peru, Central Coast

Dimensions

229 x 50 cm (90 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

78.70

Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool plain weave; plain weave with supplementary weft floats; 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 discolored cotton panels of tapestry sewed to each end. (It is questionable whether this is original condition.) Panel at one end with horizontal cotton warp threads with X-shaped cross formed by stripes, the middle one having a row of conventionalized birds, woven with crimson pink, greenish yellow, yellow, and black wool. The ground of the tapestry is yellow, in two of the triangular areas between the arms of the X small conventionalized deer are brocaded in yellow with eyes in red and white (cotton). Panel at the other end with horizontal cotton warp threads (possibly small shirt or tunic). Design: pyramid with saw-toothed edge, woven with dark yellow wool, the remaining ground a lighter yellow, covered with small conventionalized birds, woven with yellow, brown, crimson, and very dark brown wool. A line of brocading along each side.

Provenance

Gift of Edward W. Hooper to MFA, 1878

Credit Line

Gift of Edward W. Hooper