Possibly part of a hanging or wrapper

Chancay, Central Coast, Peru
Late Intermediate to Late Horizon
A.D. 900–1500

Object Place: Peru


Height x width: 45 x 103 in. (114.3 x 261.6 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, hand-painted with vegetable dye

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Large, painted textile of loosely woven cotton, painted with a curvilinear, geometric image in an ochre-orange color. The imagery includes double-headed serpent-like forms, with bird-like and insect-like heads, arching above a frontally rendered head. Two arm-like appendages emerge from the top of this creature’s head and end at each side of the head with fork-like “hands.” The continuation of the repeating pattern at both ends of the piece indicates that this is a portion of a larger textile, perhaps a burial shroud or architectural decoration.


By December 5, 1979, purchased by the donor, Leonard Bernstein, from the Edward Merrin Gallery in New York City; Collection of Leonard Bernstein; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Leonard Bernstein and Jane Holmes Bernstein