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date: 22 October 2019

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Inca imperial rule depended on the production and distribution of cloth and pottery of different qualities. These were produced by specialists, such as the acllacona and cumbicamayos, and were used in performances of state hospitality that reciprocated the labor service (mit’a) of Inca subjects, and given as rewards. Production of these prestige goods indicates hybrid practices across the empire, as well as the role of gender and class in the labor patterns sustaining the empire. In addition to specialist by Inca artisans, the evidence from archaeology and the colonial chronicles indicates widespread participation in craft production in the Inca political economy.

Keywords: gender, prestige goods, cloth, pottery, acllacona, cumbicamayo, mit’a

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