Fragment of a skirt tie

Peruvian (Paracas or Early Nazca)
Early Intermediate Period
A.D. 0–200

Object Place: Peru, Paracas, South Coast


31 x 6 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool oblique interlacing with cross-knit looping decoration

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Foundation: black cotton tubular braiding. Design worked in wool, human figure with helmet, weapons, and long tunic, worked in light and dark blue, crimson, pink and brown on a golden brown ground. Remains of four smaller braided tubes on one of which is a needle-coiled ornament.


October, 1915, sold by Enrique Mestanza, Pisco, Peru, to Julio C. Tello, Francisco Graña Reyes, and Gonzalo Carbajal, Lima [see note 1]; 1915/1916, sold by Julio Tello to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 2]; 1916, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 3, 1916)

[1] On the sale of the Mestanza collection, see Anne Paul, ed., Paracas: Art and Architecture (Iowa City, 1991), pp. 36-38 and Richard Daggett, A Tello-Centric History of Peruvian Archaeology part 2, pp. 360, 386-387. [2] Ross purchased a number of textiles and fragments from Tello (probably acting for Carbajal) between December 27, 1915 and January 8, 1916. When they were accessioned by the MFA (accession nos. 16.30-16.42), they were mistakenly believed to have been found by Tello himself "[in a cemetery] three or four miles south of Pisco."

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection