Inka checkerboard tunics

Checkerboard tunics, Inka, camelid fiber, first tunic: c. 1400–1540, 88.3 x 80 cm (Dallas Museum of Art), second tunic: 16th century, 87 x 76.5 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), both in the Golden Kingdoms exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additional resources

Checkerboard tunic at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Checkerboard tunic at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Learn more about Andean textiles from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, from The Met.

Read about another Inka tunic, the All-T’oqapu Tunic.


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Cite this page as: Dr. Sarahh Scher and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Inka checkerboard tunics," in Smarthistory, October 4, 2022, accessed December 11, 2023,