Early Intermediate Period
about A.D. 300–500 (?)

Object Place: South Coast, Peru


111.8 x 177.8 cm (44 x 70 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton plain weave; plain weave discontinuous interlocked warp and weft (center strip); slit tapestry (border)

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Possibly used as a headwrap or sash. Dark reddish purple ground of open plain weave. Central stripe of plain weave discontinuous interlocked warp and weft, in which the wefts and warps travel only as far as the pattern requires. In stripe, stepped-fret design woven in yellow, turquoise, red and gray-purple. Decorated with narrow slit tapestry border on all four outer edges which shows shades of turquoise, yellow, red and dark purple. Colors bright but there are many large holes and breaks.


Purchased by MFA from John Wise, Ltd., 15 East 69th Street, New York, New York, November, 12, 1964.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund