Weaving Together the Inca Empire: Inca Tunics in the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Workshop | March 5 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. Andrew Hamilton

 Archaeological Research Facility

Inca art featured a corpus of motifs called tocapus that are highly contested in scholarship. Were they a long-lost form of Inca writing? Were they part of an Inca calendar? Current readings of tocapus suggest that they were badges of the Inca state, worn to define identities within the empire and even the sprawling landscape of the empire as a whole. This workshop will examine a number of surviving Inca tunics conserved in the Hearst Museum of Anthropology to further understand issues of costume and identity in the Inca Empire.

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