Cultures & Traditions


After Huari (Wari) influence subsided, several styles evolved on the central Andean coast. The Chancay developed on the central coast of Peru, in the fertile valleys north of Lima, Peru, from 1000 to 1476 CE. Not much is known about the Chancay, but their decline in the late 15th century coincides with the territorial expansion of the Inca (Inka) Empire. The Chancay traded and interacted with various other regions over a wide area and stylistically reflect influences from both the earlier Huari and later Inca cultures.

Drawn from

  • "Pair of Figures [Chancay] (1987.394.635, 1987.394.636). In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.,.636/. (October 2006).

  • Getty Vocabulary, AAT (Chancay: AAT: 300017315).

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