Peruvian (Chilca area)
Probably Late Intermediate
A.D. 1000–1476

Object Place: Peru, Chilca area, South-Central Coast


Height x width: 22 7/16 x 10 13/16 in. (57 x 27.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool tapestry with supplementary wefts, complementary warp-weave, warp-faced double cloth (strap), tassels suspended on spiral braids

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bag or pouch made up of three pieces of tapestry. Central panel with vertical warp: cotton, 7 to cm. Weft: wool. Design: rows conventionalized human heads connected by zig-zag lines, woven with pink, yellowish brown, greenish blue, and cream white wool; on a crimson ground. The side panels, horizontal warp: brown wool, 6 to cm. Weft: wool loosely woven. Design: chevrons formed by small squares woven with pink, dark blue, bluish green, green, yellowish brown and cream white wool on a crimson ground. Narrow stripes (not tapestry) woven with green and brownish yellow on each side of side panels. The sides, top, and bottom worked over with colored wools, fine neutral violet and yellow cords with large crimson and neutral violet tassels; across bottom, worn and broken strap woven with colored wool attached to top.


MFA purchase from Mr. Walter Wyman, 44 West 44th Street, New York, New York, June 5, 1924

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund