Tunic

Wari
Middle Horizon
A.D. 500–800


Object Place: Peru, Probably South Coast

Dimensions

103.8 x 101 cm (40 7/8 x 39 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.46

Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton interlocked tapestry

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Cotton warp, wool weft. Design of six columns with alternative squares (A) outlined step fret in one half of square divided on the diagonal, abstracted profile face with characteristic split-eye in other half (lateral expansion toward tunic center makes fret half large, face half small). (B) highly abstracted four animal heads on two U-shaped bodies, with characteristics split eyes. Background columns red-purple. Other colors include natural tans, browns and white, dyed pink and blue-green (one instance).

Provenance

Purchased by MFA from Artweave Textile Gallery, 924 Madison Avenue, New York, New York, February 8, 1978.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund