Inka Road: Coca bag

Ernest Amososo / National Museum of the American Indian
May 28, 2015
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Ernest Amososo / National Museum of the American Indian

Inka coca bag with llama designs, ca. AD 1450–1532. South coast of Peru. Cotton, 51 x 25.5 cm.

A coca bag like this one would have been used by an elite figure in Inka society. The bag has llama designs woven into its body and red fringe, an indication of the high status of its owner.

Photo by Ernest Amoroso / National Museum of the American Indian