Mantle (Peruvian, Paracas, 0–A.D. 100)

Wool plain weave, embroidered with wool in stem-stitch. William Alfred Paine Fund (31.501). Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This magnificent mantle dated 0–A.D. 100, exquisitely embroidered throughout with animated shaman figures, is now on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where it takes its place among the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors in a contextual exhibition of Pre-Columbian arts. Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas is on view February 28-May 28, 2018. This is a rare opportunity to view one of the finest textiles of Paracas culture from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Object a Week is a revolving showcase of MFA textile collections. A featured object may be indicative of the author’s study focus at a given moment and/or related to topics of research, activity, or recent acquisitions in the Museum’s Textile and Fashion Arts department. For more in-depth explorations of the collection, see A Closer Look.

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