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MEDIUM Camelid fiber, cotton
DATES 600-1000
PERIOD Middle Horizon Period
DIMENSIONS 38 3/16 x 57 1/16 in. (97 x 144.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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CAPTION Wari. Tunic, 600-1000. Camelid fiber, cotton, 38 3/16 x 57 1/16 in. (97 x 144.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.109. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 86.224.109_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Sleeved tunic with neck opening and fringed bottom. Making up its overall design are alternate bands: six that are patterned and seven that are plain red. Patterned bands continue to the edge of each sleeve, becoming very narrow at the tunic's sides. The patterned bands contain a repetitive profile of a winged figure holding a staff. Each reverses its direction along the vertical. With one bent leg below its body and the other above it, each figure floats against the ground. The solid-colored body is simplified except for a hatched design at the waist (ribs? belt?). Its headdress is made up of two bird heads with a border of stepped frets underneath. Its staff is held parallel to the tunic's shoulder seam, then turns under the figure's body and ends in the shape of a fanged animal head. A wing-like appendage emerges from its lower back and "squares" around a foot, then lies parallel to the bottom of the tunic. The imagery reflects the iconography of the monumental stone sculpture of the ceremonial site Tiwanaku in Bolivia (500-1000 A.D.) The patterns have four different color schemes arranged diagonally. Condition: The neck slit of the tunic is worn. Surface of garment overall shows wear. Some diagonal slits are open and some are repaired. Size: Adult. Probable wearer: Male. Horizontal cotton warp. Camelid fiber weft. Camelid fiber fringe. Tapestry weave with interlocked discontinuous wefts (reversible). Crossed looping embellishment at neck and arm holes.
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