Mantle border

Peruvian (Paracas)
Early Horizon-Early Intermediate Period
100 B.C.–A.D. 100

Object Place: South Coast, Peru


27.5 x 23 cm (10 13/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Brown woolen cloth covered with stem and darning stitches worked with red, green, yellow, brown and bluish-black wool yarns. Shows two stylized human figures, one above the other, each holding a head in one hand. Smaller figures appear at the side of the field and also in a narrow border running along one long side. A long fringe made of yarns similar to those used for the needlework hands from other long side. A few small holes and discolorations. Three sides cut.


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck to MFA, January 11, 1967.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nasli Heeramaneck