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Tunic

Tunic

Tunic

Camelid fiber and pigment

H: 96; W: 85 cm

Gift of Samuel and Holly Merrin, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Harriet Bienenfeld

Accession number:

B06.2330

Arts/Americas

Guaman Poma de Ayala, a Spanish chronicler, made drawings of Inca warriors and military leaders wearing checkerboard-patterned tunics. Francisco de Xérez, another Spanish chronicler, wrote in 1534 about the first encounter between the last Inca ruler, Atahualpa, and the conqueror Francisco Pizarro: “The men [of Atahualpa’s army] began to enter the plaza; first came a squadron of Indians dressed in a livery of colors in the manner of chessboards…all singing and dancing.”