Cultures & Traditions


The Chimú capital was located at Chan Chan, where the artistic production of specialized artisans—potters, metallurgists, bead makers, woodworkers, and weavers—was strictly overseen by the ruling elite. Some raw materials were locally unavailable, such as brilliantly colored feathers, and provided through contact with the outside populations of the Amazonian Basin.

Drawn from

"Feathered Tunic [Peru, Chimú]" (63.163). In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (February 2014).