Man's poncho

Paracas culture
Early Horizon Period, possibly Phase 10
100 B.C.–0

Object Place: Peru, South Coast


64.8 x 50.8 cm (25 1/2 x 20 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Camelid plain weave, embroidered

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular collar (esclavina) Ground: dark blue camelid. Design: narrow band bordering rectangle, and the two sides of slit for head, decorated with angular double-headed birds, each enclosing a similar bird in reversed position, within which is another double-headed bird, in the same position as the first. The ground of the border is made up of blocks worked with yellow, red, dark green and neutral violet camelid fiber. The same colors appear in the birds and in the short fringe which edges the piece.


1931, sold by Jules C. Harris, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 16, 1931)

Credit Line

Mary Woodman Fund