Early Intermediate, Phase 2
Object Place: Peru, Paracas, South Coast
92.7 x 246.2 cm (36 1/2 x 96 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery
Not On View
Ground: golden brown woolen cloth. Design of elaborately conventionalized shark impersonators with fishlike headdresses, trophy heads, protruding tongues, etc, worked solidly in crewel stitch with wool. The colors are: dark and light blue, yellow, orange, crimson pink, green and white. The figures are arranged in horizontal bands, those in each corner, on rectangles with ground worked solidly in dark green.
October, 1915, sold by Enrique Mestanza, Pisco, Peru, to Julio C. Tello, Francisco Graña Reyes, and Gonzalo Carbajal, Lima [see note 1]; 1915/1916, sold by Julio Tello to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 2]; 1916, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 3, 1916)
 On the sale of the Mestanza collection, see Anne Paul, ed., Paracas: Art and Architecture (Iowa City, 1991), pp. 36-38 and Richard Daggett, A Tello-Centric History of Peruvian Archaeology part 2, pp. 360, 386-387.  Ross purchased a number of textiles and fragments from Tello (probably acting for Carbajal) between December 27, 1915 and January 8, 1916. When they were accessioned by the MFA (accession nos. 16.30-16.42), they were mistakenly believed to have been found by Tello himself "[in a cemetery] three or four miles south of Pisco."
Denman Waldo Ross Collection