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Coca Bag

A woven textile with a red background, and blue, yellow, and red geometric patterning. A figure is shown twice, flipped over, and may represent a human-animal hybrid. He wears red and blue clothing, dark colored sandals, and has a golden-colored headpiece.


This coca bag is from the Moche culture that existed in Peru between the period of 100 to 700 AD. The Moche are known for their ceramics, textiles, and metalworking practices, and this bag demonstrates the skill of Moche weavers. This coca bag dates from the 5th-7th century, and was woven from cotton and the hair of a camelid. The bag has geometric pattern motifs and a figure with both anthropomorphic and animalistic characteristics. Coca, which this bag was designed to carry, is a shrub plant which leaves are chewed as a stimulant. Coca bags have been present in Andean culture since the first millennium AD and are still used to this day. 


"Coca Bag," Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th-7th Century CE,

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"Coca Bag," in World History Commons, [accessed April 15, 2024]