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Liturgical textiles from the Spanish colonial reducción of Santa Cruz de Tuti, Colca Valley, Peru

Author(s): Samantha Seyler

Year: 2017

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A highly visible symbol within the church, liturgical cloth plays an important role in the communication of ideas about the wealth and authority of the Catholic Church. During the colonial period in the Andes, the influence of liturgical textiles extended to reinforcing ideas about the power of the Spanish Empire as well as the role of indigenous populations within it. Although cloth production during the period of Spanish colonization is a subject discussed to some extent by art historians looking to better understand the garments and tapestries found in museums and churches across the Andes today, very little research has been conducted on colonial textiles recovered from archaeological contexts. This paper presents a discussion of textiles recovered in situ from the sacristy of the colonial reducción of Santa Cruz de Tuti, located in the Colca Valley, Peru. In particular, I present a preliminary structural and stylistic analysis of the archaeological specimens, and compare them to the liturgical textiles of the sacristy in the descendent community of modern Tuti.

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Liturgical textiles from the Spanish colonial reducción of Santa Cruz de Tuti, Colca Valley, Peru. Samantha Seyler. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432075)


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South America

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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17566

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America