Half of a Sleeved Tunic

Half of a Sleeved Tunic

c. 500-1000

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Single-interlocked tapestry; cotton warp; camelid fiber weft

Overall: 88.6 x 101.9 cm (34 7/8 x 40 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2005.53.b



The bird-headed creature in profile that repeats in each of this tunic's design fields gazes upward, holds a staff of authority in front of its body, and wears an ornate headdress behind which a three-feathered wing can be seen. The extremely high technical quality of such tunics suggests that the Wari reserved bird imagery for their most exalted rulers. Here, the original incorporated more than twice as much yarn as the routine--some 19 miles, all handmade and much dyed an inky, dark blue, the most prestigious of Wari colors.

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