Fragment of a tunic

Peruvian (Inca)
Late Horizon-Early Colonial
about A.D. 1500–50

Object Place: Peru


76.2 x 60.9 cm (30 x 24 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and wool interlocked tapestry

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Approximately half of a full tunic made with cotton warp and wool weft. Three diagonal rows of black, dark yellow and light yellow squares extend from shoulder to center front in stepped-block yoke; remaining triangular area red; lower part of tunic off white. Arm hole bound in red and black; side seam embroidered with red; neck slit yellow and green.


1971, Winthrop Edey (b. 1938 - d. 1999), New York; December 4, 1971, consigned by Winthrop Edey, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 133, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1977, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 13, 1977)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay