Textile fragment

Peruvian (Chimu)
Probably Late Horizon
A.D. 1476–1534

Object Place: Peru, North Coast


Height x width: 19 5/16 x 9 1/16 in. (49 x 23 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool plain weave with supplementary wefts

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Warp: cotton. Weft: cotton and wool. Design: a conventionalized human figure with large head, annular ear ornaments and a conical headdress surmounted by a flaring ornament. The figure is woven with yellow wool, with accents of red and white wool, tied at regular intervals by four paired brown cotton warp threads, which form cross-shaped points. The foundation fabric of brown cotton was originally covered by dark yellow wool tied by paired warp threads in same manner as pattern. Edged with narrow bands of yellow and red wool tapestry, with fringed red band across bottom.


Gift of Henrietta Page to MFA, 1911

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henrietta Page