Description Throughout the pre-Columbian Andes, the tunic was an essential element of male dress, not just a garment, but also a visible means of displaying ethnic identity, social status and rank. Tunics were created by weaving two long strips of cloth, then doubling each, sewing up a center line of the tunic up to a neck hole, and the sides to close the garment under the wearer’s arms. Such a well-preserved tunic was likely included as an offering in a grave or tomb. The visual power of this piece stems from its combination of broad bands of colors in stepped patterns.
Provenance Purchased by Georgia de Havenon, New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 2016.
Credit Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 2016
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