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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Tunic Fragment

A.D. 650–900

Wool over cotton tapestry

6 1/8 × 23 3/4 in. (15.6 × 60.3 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The Huari, central highlanders, reigned over the Andes and the desert coasts from A.D. 700–1000. During this era, regional styles were submerged while Huari iconography surfaced on artworks from north to south. The Huari “staff figure” occurs everywhere, running across stone monuments, textiles, and ceramics. On this textile, he throws his head back and gazes upward with an octagonal eye.
Made in Central Andes, Peru
Not on view
Central Andes, Wari
Middle Horizon

Bought in N.Y. by Mrs. Moore.


Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 53, no. 49, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 322–3, ill.

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