Tunic Fragment Artist: Unknown

A.D. 650–900

Art of the Ancient Americas

Not on view

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.


Wool and cotton compound weave


18 3/4 × 11 5/16 in. (47.7 × 28.8 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Middle Horizon


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Bought in Peru by Mrs. Moore, 1932.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 322, ill.
  • 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.
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Object/Work type

clothing, fragments, human figures (visual works), textiles, tunics

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