Tunic with stepped triangles and birds in medallions

DATE:
1400–1540
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Cotton and camelid fiber
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 22 x 46 3/4 in. (55.88 x 118.745 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Janis and William Wetsman
OBJECT NUMBER:
2006.27

General Description

This tunic displays four pairs of natural brown and cream camelid fiber fields linked together through red, brown, and yellow zigzags, which all angle downward from the same direction. Crenulated diamond-shaped medallions in the upper and lower fields feature double-headed sea birds with marked eyes flanked by triangles. The side borders, neckline, and seams are elaborated with red interlinked diamonds with yellow circles inside. The dark brown step-and-bar pattern unifies the textile along the base.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text, 2015.