Inka Road: Manta

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

Colonial Inka woman’s manta (shawl), 1780–1800. Temple of the Sun, Isla de la Luna, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Cotton yarn, camelid wool yarn, dye, 120 x 110.5 cm.


After the Spanish invasion, Inka textile patterns changed dramatically, yet the Andean people preserved much of their traditional technology and designs. This manta includes scenes of people and animals depicted in a Spanish style as well as abstract bands of tocapu (Inka symbols) that were typical of the Inka style.

Photo by Ernest Amoroso / National Museum of the American Indian