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Ceremonial feathered tunic with depiction of Andean cross stars and serpent

Ceremonial feathered tunic with depiction of Andean cross stars and serpent

Ceremonial feathered tunic with depiction of Andean cross stars and serpent

Cotton, feathers;
Plain weave on paired warps, featherwork, tapirage

H: 142; W: 89 cm

Gift of Robert and Renée Belfer, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B13.0026

Arts/Americas

This Chimu tunic created following the Inca conquest of their empire depicts the Amaru constellation, represented by four stars and a serpent. The feathers’ colors were achieved through tapirage, a technique whereby the base of the bird’s feather is treated while it is young so that the color changes.