Border fragment

Peruvian, early Nasca
Early Intermediate Period
0–A.D. 200

Object Place: South Coast, Peru


Height x width: 1 3/8 x 23 1/16 in. (3.5 x 58.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: dark brown wool. Design: row of birds each with something in its beak, worked with wool in crewel stitch. The ground is worked solidly in crimson, the birds in blue, green, yellow, dark purple, and black (almost rotted out). Along one edge a row of crimson tabs, on the other a fringe of very dark purple twisted woolen threads.


Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, 1916.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection