Man's mantle and two border fragments

Peruvian (Paracas)
Early Intermediate Period, possibly Phase 1B
A.D. 50–100

Object Place: Peru, South Coast


Overall (a): 101 x 244.3 cm (39 3/4 x 96 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave, embroidered with wool

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black wool ground with design worked in wool of bird impersonators with elaborate wings, fringed capes, headdresses, and snakes, carrying ceremonial staffs and trophy heads. The colors (crimson, pink, blue, dark green, yellow and grayish green) are used in four different combinations of color in the figures. Unfinished rectangles in each corner show similar figures on an embroidered golden brown ground.


Excavated by Julio C. Tello, Lima [see note 1]; By 1916, sold by Tello to Denman Waldo Ross [see note 2]; 1916, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: February 3, 1916)

[1] Tello, a Peruvian archaeologist, excavated the fragments "found in a cemetery three or four miles south of Pisco", according to a November 21, 1917 letter from Sarah G. Flint.
[2] Ross purchased the textile fragments from Tello between December 27, 1915 and January 8, 1916. See Anne Paul's "Paracas Art & Architecture: Object and Context in South Coastal Peru". Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991. Appendix 1.1 Paracas Textiles Known to Be in Collection before 1925, pg. 33.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection