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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Tunic Fragment

A.D. 650–900

Wool and cotton compound weave

18 3/4 × 11 5/16 in. (47.7 × 28.8 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
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.
Central Andes, Peru
Not on view
Central Andes, Wari
Middle Horizon

Bought in Peru by Mrs. Moore, 1932.


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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