Peruvian (Paracas)
Early Horizon-Early Intermediate Period
200 B.C.–A.D. 200

Object Place: Peru, Paracas, South Coast


120.4 x 74 cm (47 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.) Ties: approximately 51 x 5.5 cm (20 1/16 x 2 3/16 in.); 24 x 5.5 cm (9 7/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: light neutral brown cotton. Design: narrow border on three sides worked with wool,decorated with conventionalized figures holding ceremonial staves, from which hang trophy heads. The ground of the border is green, the other colors are neutral yellows light and dark blue, pink, red, and cream white. Fringe of knotted cords on three sides.


Lent by Denman Waldo Ross, April 1, 1920; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, 1921

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection