Nasca Feather Tunic

“Feather Tunic” is a garment likely worn by a high-ranking member of the Nasca people, a pre-Hispanic Andean society, considered to be made between the fifth and seventh centuries C.E., or between the years 400 and 600. It would have been part of an impressive ensemble, complete with gold jewelry and an elaborate headdress. Perhaps it was created for use at a special ceremonial event and one of only intended to be a burial garment. The tunic may reference the sun, worshipped by many pre-Hispanic Andean societies, one of only a few intact examples of ancient Peruvian featherwork garments in existence today. Explore this masterpiece further with Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—the de Young and Legion of Honor museums.

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