Middle Horizon period
Object Place: Peru, Nasca area, South Coast
114 x 187 cm (44 7/8 x 73 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wool [camelid] plain weave with discontinuous warps and wefts, disassembled, tie-dyed, and reassembled
Not On View
Paired step-block units create squares in following color combinations; light blue/brown, yellow/dark blue, green/red. Tie-dye designs of diamonds and striped in natural, red, yellow. Selvedges and fringe intact.
For thousands of years in the ancient Andean world, women were the primary producers of the all-important textiles for the household and the state.
By about 1957, François Piraud, Rome [see note]; 1983, sold by François Piraud to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 15, 1983)
NOTE: Mr. Piraud first offered this mantle to the MFA on November 10, 1977, at which time he attested that it had been in his collection for twenty years.
Textile Fund and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund