Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Tunic Fragment

A.D. 650–900

Wool and cotton compound weave

47.7 x 28.8 cm. (18 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4579
When the Nazca region fell to Huari domination, their naturalistic iconography succumbed to foreign influence. A Huari staff figure runs upon the surface of this cloth fragment, yet the black-outlined form and interest in overall color patterning, the distinctive marks of the Nazca artist, remain.
Culture: 
Central Andes, Wari
Period: 
Middle Horizon
Classification: 
Textiles
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 52, no. 48, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 322, ill.

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