Sleeved tunic

c. 1300–1470
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General Description

During the Late Intermediate Period (900-1470 CE), the state of Chimor expanded across the Pacific coastline of modern-day Peru, extending to the north and south from the Chimú capital of Chan Chan in the Moche Valley. The Chimú produced fine ceramic vessels; gold, silver, and copper objects; precious stone and Spondylus shell adornments; and finely woven textiles from cotton, camelid fiber, and feathers. The textiles feature a range of colors, from natural creams, tans, and browns, to applied greens, blues, yellows, and reds. These objects served as important indicators of individual status and identity.

Based on the vertical (V-shaped) neckline, this tunic was likely worn by a male individual. When worn, the tunic would have extended over the individual's legs, possibly accompanied by a loincloth. The padded tunic features plain-weave, light-cream cotton fabric decorated with vertical bands of brown, tan, and cream—a color palette common to coastal textiles.

Excerpt from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Label text, 2017, A. H. Meadows Galleries.