Pendant bag

DATE:
1400–1550
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Camelid fiber and cotton
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
Height: 7 1/2 in. (19.05 cm) Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise
OBJECT NUMBER:
1989.W.2431

General Description

This pendant bag presents a unique form of coca bag used by the Late Horizon (1400-1532 CE) or early Spanish Colonial period (1400-1550 CE). The top portion consists of a cotton bag brocaded with dyed camelid fibers; the bottom half is a purely decorative addition with similar surface brocade and long red tassels. The bag features standing quadrupeds—presumably camelids—situated in rows and set against a red ground. Given its substantial length and imagery, the pendant bag may have been an item associated with a particular class of Inca nobles.

Adapted from

Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Label text [1989.W.2431; 1991.380], 2015.