National Geographic : 1938 Feb
IN THE REALM OF THE SONS OF THE SUN © National Geographic Society Painting by H. M. Herget "ONE OF THOSE NEW PROVINCES WAS SO POOR THAT THE INCA. JESTING. EXACTED A TRIBUTE OF LICE!" Three noblemen meet on the road and laugh at the latest court jokes. The lice tribute actually was imposed by ironic Inca Tupac Yupanqui (about 1448-1482). In the first of these paintings, based upon Spanish records and Inca relics, Mr. Herget shows a coastal gentleman in fine cotton robe, with golden earplugs and gold-headed staff of office; a highland official in vicuna wool tapestry tunic; and an eastern slope dweller all in feathers.