Mantle fragment

Peruvian (Chimu)
Late Intermediate
A.D. 1000–1476

Object Place: Chimu, North Coast, Peru


209 x 133 cm (82 5/16 x 52 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton brocaded plain weave with spaced warps and wefts, supplemental threads wrapped around woven squares; weft-faced plain weave with supplemental weft patterning (lower border); tapestry (side borders); layered fringe

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Cotton warp, wool weft. Two panels of open-space fabric sewn together. Field: 13 rows of 13-16 rectangles, each with brocaded profile of “moon animal” motif: zoomorphic figure with headdress, resembling monkey; warp threads from each triangle divert to two rectangles both above and below. Colors: yellow, red, white, olive, brown. Edges: (a) Top: 1/2” warp-pattern band with birds (red, white); (b) Sides: 1/2” weft-faced tape (red); (c) Bottom: 6” band of weft-faced weaving and brocading with 14 monkeys and small birds (with applied fringe). Condition: two areas with stains, some warp yarns replaced, approx. 12” of bottom band missing or deteriorated.


Purchased by MFA from Edward H. Merrin, Gallery, Inc., 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, June 18, 1980.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund