Early Intermediate, Phase 2, Paracas–Nasca trans
0–A.D. 200

Object Place: South Coast, Peru


Height x width (a): 6 5/16 x 4 5/16 in. (16 x 11 cm) Height x width (b): 6 1/2 x 4 5/16 in. (16.5 x 11 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: dark reddish violet wool. Design: on each piece a conventionalized human figure worked with wool in crewel stitch. The figure (A) wears a red tunic, an elaborate headdress decorated with small heads, and a mouth mask. He holds a staff similarly ornamented and stands on two heads. (B) similar, but wears a neutral violet tunic. The outer colors are cream, blue, pink, deep yellow, green and black. The black has rotted, and taken the color from the material beneath it.


1931, sold by Guillermo R. Schmidt-Pizarro (b. about 1881 - d. about 1960), Anglo-South American Trust Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund