Nov 13, 2009

Tunic with Profile Animal and Human Heads

Tunic with Profile Animal and Human Heads

c. 700-1100

Tapestry weave: wool

Average: 97.8 x 99.1 cm (38 1/2 x 39 in.)

Gift of John Wise 1949.12

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Description

Wari tunics are made of two long panels folded at the shoulder line and stitched together at center and side seams, with openings left for the head and arms. The looms on which the panels were woven measured about 80 x 20 inches, with the warps spanning the short dimension. Thus, the warps are horizontal rather than vertical in the garment as it was worn. This orientation is unusual and seems to have influenced the construction of later Inca tunics. In this example, the imagery comprises two profile heads that alternate, one a human and the other an animal that may represent a deer or a bat. Such tunics were luxury goods worn only by privileged persons.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Credit line: 
Gift of John Wise

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