The fine tapestry weave of this multicolored bag is a testament to textile art production during the Middle Horizon. With cream and olive cotton warps—the longitudinal threads largely hidden by the colorful surface designs—the wefts are woven tightly across the front and back panels, which are stitched together at the sides and base. The polychrome designs are quite complex, created by up to fifteen colors. Frontal and profile avian faces are recognizable through their vertically divided black-and-white eyes.


  • Title: Bag
  • Date Created: 850–950 C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 9 in. (22.86 cm) Width: 8 1/2 in. (21.59 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5336681/
  • Medium: Cotton and camelid fiber
  • period: Middle Horizon
  • culture: Wari (Huari) provincial
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, the Nora and John Wise Collection, bequest of Nora Wise

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