Mantle border fragment

Peruvian (Paracas)
Early Intermediate, Phase 1
0–A.D. 100

Object Place: Peru, Paracas, South Coast


22 x 79 cm (8 11/16 x 31 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery, fringe

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: purplish black woolen cloth. Design of pampas cats with heads at each end of their bodies, with trophy heads caught in whiskers, worked with wool. The colors are dark green, dark yellow, dark blue, and cream white. Fringe is attached to narrow band of embroidery which looks like knitting.


Lent by Denman Waldo Ross, April 1, 1920; Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, 1921.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection