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Collection Online as of June 18, 2024

Tunic with Frontal Figures

Tunic with Frontal Figures

neck edge to hem: 46.7 cm (18 3/8 in.); width across shoulders: 81.9 cm (32 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view


This tunic was made by weavers of the Ychsma (yeach-mah) people, who were affiliated with Pachacamac, a huge religious center that served as the seat of the most important oracle in the late pre-Hispanic Andes. The figures repeated across the body may represent important ancestors or high-ranking members of Ychsma society. The tunic likely dates to the period after the Inka Empire conquered Ychsma coastal territory on its way to becoming the largest indigenous polity to have existed in the ancient Americas.
  • Bergh, Susan E. “Acquisition Highlights 2016: Pre-Columbian and Native North American Art.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine vol. 57, no. 2 (March/April 2017): 15-16. Reproduced: P. 7, 15; Mentioned: P. 6, 15.
  • Gallery 232- Andean Textile Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 28, 2018-August 26, 2019).
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