Mantle fragment

Peruvian (Paracas)
Early Horizon-Early Intermediate Period
200 B.C.–A.D. 200

Object Place: Peru, Paracas, South Coast


38 x 96.5 cm (14 15/16 x 38 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool plain weave with stem stitch embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: light neutral brown cotton. Design: narrow border on two sides worked with wool in crewel stitch, decorated with monsters partly fish, partly animal, each carrying head of human victim. The ground of the border is worked solidly with dark green, the other colors are pink, yellow and dark brown. Ragged and torn.


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

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection