Middle Horizon
A.D. 500–700

Object Place: Peru


70.5 x 117 cm (27 3/4 x 46 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Camelid fiber and cotton tapestry weave (predominately interlocking)

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Panel of tapestry weave made up of five contiguous panels. Four wide taps, woven of a piece with the main body, probably using a scaffolding system, extend from the bottom edge. Five standard-bearing figures with painted faces and bared teeth alternate with winged felines (?), each with a serpent on its head and a trophy head on its wing. Figures are in two registers, the top facing left, the bottom right. Two trophy heads appear on each tab. Cotton warp and camelid weft; interlocking tapestry except for diagonals; vertical direction of figures coincident with the direction of warp; loom cord present at top; edges overcast.


By 1971: private collection, United States; by 1996: purchased by Arte Textil from private collector; purchased by MFA from Arte Textil, San Francisco, March 27, 1996.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund