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Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. AD 1400 -1532.  This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan  ...
Large, classic Incan official's ceremonial coca bag, Peru, South Coast. ad 1400 -1532. This is an excellent and rare example of a type of bag thought to be used by Incan elites and officials for important ceremonial occasions. These bags were made to hold the sacred leaves of the coca plant. This bag's overly large size and imagery signaled the prestige and high position of the owner within Incan society. The bag's imagery shows camelid herds and/or llama caravans - symbols of wealth and fertility in the Andean world. It was constructed using six different structural techniques and the colors reverse from one side to the other. The bag measures 28" x 11" which is larger than the most well known bag of the type, published in Hali 100, page 115 in a excellent article discussing rituals and the coca cult of the Andes. The Hali 100 bag measures 25 x 8 inches and is generally considered one of the greatest examples if not best of type. i know the bag well having sold it to an important collection some years ago. The most outstanding differences between the two bags are the way the long fringes were constructed to imitate tie-dye and the bag's flawless condition. The bag's multi-colored fringes were actually looped together to create this effect. Pictured here is an image of the Hali bag and another more usual sized bag shown in relation to my bag. Both the larger bag and the smaller are for sale. The large bag is the best example I've seen over the years with the exception of the Hali 100 bag.
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