Poncho fragment

Peruvian (Nasca)
Early Intermediate, Phase 1
0–A.D. 100

Object Place: Peru, Nasca area, South Coast


Height x width: 26 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (68 x 47 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool plain weave with stem-stitch embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Border cut from a rectangular collar (esclavina). Ground: a little deep yellow cotton remains, to which are sewed scraps of dark green cotton. Design: worked with wool, snakes twisted in pairs, eating small animals, with other animals framed by the twisting snakes. The ground of the border is deep pink, the other colors are dark blue, green, yellow and cream white. Edged with a short wool fringe of the same colors.


1931, sold by Guillermo R. Schmidt-Pizarro (b. about 1881 - d. about 1960), Anglo-South American Trust Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund