Tunic with animal motif

650–750 CE
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General Description

The Nazca (Nasca) created textiles with a vibrant array of colors, similar to their ceramic arts, and refined this palette from the Early Intermediate Period (200 BCE-600 CE) through the Middle Horizon (600-1000 CE). This tunic reflects abstract and geometric motifs in alternating primary colors. It portrays animal figures with demarcated eyes, short limbs, and curled tails. Typical of late Nazca art, the abstract figures are set off with white tips and dark outlines. The dynamic fringe along the base was a popular feature that continued throughout ancient Andean cultural history.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1989.W.2252; 1976.W.2082; 1970.20.McD], 2015.