Middle Horizon period
A.D. 700–900

Object Place: Peru, Nasca area, South Coast


114 x 187 cm (44 7/8 x 73 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool [camelid] plain weave with discontinuous warps and wefts, disassembled, tie-dyed, and reassembled

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.

Credit Line

Textile Fund and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund