Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Tunic (Shirt) with Tapestry-woven Yoke

Tunic (Shirt) with Tapestry-woven Yoke


Camelid fiber and cotton; tapestry-weave yoke and chest plaque, plain-weave body

Overall: 71.1 x 100 cm (28 x 39 3/8 in.); Mounted: 86.4 x 116.8 cm (34 x 46 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.668



Likely an item of men’s wear, this tunic displays a variety of motifs. In the rectangle at the center of the chest is a frontal figure that repeats eight times; it stands out for its relatively large size and somewhat more curvilinear style. Everything else is right-angled, including the small figures in flanking positions and the birds in the borders. The patterned sections are woven in the tapestry technique, which allows the creation of curved lines; thus, the geometric style is an artistic choice.

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