Bag with corner tassels and pendant


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

This pendant bag presents a unique form of coca bag used by the Late Horizon or early Spanish Colonial period (1400–1550 C.E.). The top portion consists of a cotton bag brocaded with dyed camelid fibers; the bottom half is a purely decorative addition with similar surface brocade and long red tassels. The bag features standing quadrupeds—presumably camelids—situated in rows and set against a red ground. Given its substantial length and imagery, the pendant bag may have been an item associated with a particular class of Inca nobles.

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  • Title: Bag with corner tassels and pendant
  • Date Created: 1400–1550
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 9 x 18 1/4 in. (22.86 x 46.355 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4345999/
  • Medium: Cotton and camelid fiber
  • period: Late Horizon
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Silas R. Mountsier III, from the collection of Nora E. H. Wise and in her honor