The Andean Tunic, 400 BCE–1800 CE

March 7–October 16, 2011


Another politically expansive center of around the same period as Wari is Tiwanaku, now a well-known archaeological site in the altiplano of Bolivia not far from Lake Titicaca. Tiwanaku was the major urban center of the Titicaca basin and a powerful presence in the Andes during the second half of the first millennium CE. Based on earlier traditions and the apparent sharing of the new religion, the Wari and Tiwanaku art share certain characteristics, including iconographic features. Commonalities exist in aspects of their textiles as well, such as winged attendant figures and columnarlike designs with an alternation of patterned and plain areas on the tunics.