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Fragment from the Topacu Waistband of a Tunic (Uncu)

A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave with eccentric wefts.
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  • A work made of cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave with eccentric wefts.

Date:

A.D. 1532/1700

Artist:

Inca-Colonial
Probably Cuzco or Lake Titicaca region, southern highlands, Peru

About this artwork

This textile was cut from the waist area of an Inca or Indigenous man’s tunic, called an uncu in Quechua. It was woven during the Spanish colonial period and features five rows of rectangular tocapu motifs. During the Inca Empire, these designs could only be woven for the Sapa Inca, or emperor, who alone granted permission to wear them. These sumptuary laws were later ignored, however, and tocapu clothing became a way for Indigenous elites to display their wealth.

This tunic shoulder fragment in our collection was also part of the same garment. A third piece of the same tunic is in the collection of The Textile Museum in Washington, DC (91.8).

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Inca

Title

Fragment from the Topacu Waistband of a Tunic (Uncu)

Place

Peru (Object made in)

Date

Made 1532–1700

Medium

Cotton and wool (camelid), single interlocking tapestry weave with eccentric wefts

Dimensions

25.1 × 43.4 cm (9 7/8 × 17 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bessie Bennett Endowment

Reference Number

1924.460

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