Tunic or Unku
The Inca considered textiles more valuable than precious metals or gems. Textiles were symbols of power; clothing styles and designs identified a wearer’s social status. Rulers wore the finest tapestry-weave garments, called cumbi, such as the tunic displayed here. The unusual vicuña fringe on this tunic may have been added later.
In order to guarantee a supply of fine textiles, the Inca expanded herding and textile production into a state policy, setting up weaving workshops and collecting labor taxes in the form of woven garments.
- Culture: Inca
- Medium: Camelid fiber, vincuna fringe
- Dates: 1400-1532
- Period: Middle Horizon
- Dimensions: 35 7/16 x 31 1/8 in. (90 x 79 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Americas
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 41.1275.106
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Inca. Tunic or Unku, 1400-1532. Camelid fiber, vincuna fringe, 35 7/16 x 31 1/8 in. (90 x 79 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.106. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)