Four-cornered mantle

Wari (Huari) provincial
850–950 CE
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General Description

This large mantle is composed of two plain weave cotton segments with decorated corners. The corners along one side panel bear simple concentric diamonds created by supplemental red fibers. Along the other side, the corners are elaborated through a figurative block pattern of six distinct color pairs set in diagonal rows. The block figures are generally quadrupedal (with four legs), with long mouths and marked tails. Some figures have tails that curl up over the body, while other figures have short tails and feathered wings, recalling different natural or supernatural animals. Block patterns on four-cornered mantles sometimes correspond to motifs on four-cornered hats, suggesting a close association between these two textile adornments.

Excerpt from

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