Mantle border fragment

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

Object Place: Peru, Central Coast


Height x width: 7 5/16 x 26 in. (18.5 x 66 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton slit tapestry; complimentary weft

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: dark brown cotton cloth into which tapestry is woven. Warp: brown cotton (paired or tripled as foundation for tapestry). Weft: (brown cotton in cloth) wool, 20 to 30 per cm. Design: band with conventionalized flying birds woven with blue, crimson, neutral violet, dark brown, and white (cotton) on a light neutral yellow ground. Above and below, narrow bands with scrolls woven (lance) with dark neutral wool and white cotton. Above a row of step-sided triangles with highly conventionalized figures, perhaps flying birds, woven with same colors as in main band. Double and single slits used in outlines, tab fringe across bottom woven with light neutral yellow wool.


Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, 1910

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection