Pair of leg ornaments (?)

Wari (Huari)
700–1000 CE
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General Description

These woven cane objects appear to have served as a pair of leg ornaments or shin guards, likely for a male warrior or official. The canes are tightly woven together in a polychrome concentric diamond pattern. The undecorated posterior has a cotton plain-weave lining that is stuffed with camelid hair. The latter provided padding behind the protective or decorative cane frame. Remains of straps at the edges likely served as ties around the leg. The Huari (Wari) drew upon coastal cane and local practices to create objects, such as cane boxes and tubes, adorning them with dyed camelid fiber in simple to complex patterns.

Adapted from

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