Peru, Inca, 15th-16th century / Tunic / c. 1400-1540Peru, Inca, 15th-16th century
c. 1400-1540

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Creator Nationality: Peru, Inca, 15th-16th century
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, Inca, 15th-16th century
Title: Tunic
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1540
Creation Date: c. 1400-1540
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textile
Materials and Techniques: tapestry; cotton and camelid fiber
Dimensions: Average: 85.1cm x 76.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1957.136
Credit Line: Gift of William R. Carlisle
Provenance: John Wise.
Style or Period: Peru, Inca, 15th-16th century
Context: Finely woven interlocked tapestry garments were a privilege of the nobility within the Inca Empire. Such garments were made throughout the vast Inca territory by women of noble families, by professional weavers, and by the Aclla (Chosen Women). These specialists lived in cloistered communities and served the state by brewing beer and weaving fine cloth. The products of their labor were redistributed by the Inca state as prized gifts to loyal vassals and allies. The standardized decorative scheme of this tunic, known as the Inca Key, is one of the most common Inca tunic patterns.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1957.136
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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