Arts of the Americas
While square hats are characteristic of the Wari culture, they are usually made of camelid fibers. On this hat, feathers have been attached to a cloth and reed foundation and cut into a mosaic design to create a headdress of exceptional brilliance and beauty. The motifs are similar to those found on fiber hats and other Wari textiles: profile feline heads alternate with a four-part design composed of squares and triangles, repeated on all four sides. The Wari, like other ancient Andean peoples, valued tropical forest birds for their bright, iridescent plumage. They probably considered feathered garments such as mantles, tunics, and headdresses to be high-prestige items because feathers and live birds had to be imported from the distant Amazon jungle. This headdress with vivid mosaic work was probably worn for ceremonial occasions.
Cotton, reed, feathers
Middle Horizon Period
6 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (17 x 14 x 14 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
A. Augustus Healy Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Wari. Four-Cornered Hat, 650-1000. Cotton, reed, feathers, 6 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (17 x 14 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 41.228. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 41.228_overall_PS9.jpg)
overall, 41.228_overall_PS9.jpg., 2018
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Square-shaped hat of woven cotton cloth over a reed frame decorated with multicolored mosaic feather-work. The feathers were glued to thin bark or fiber cloth and cut precisely into the required shapes. Then they were glued to the fiber cloth stretched over the reed framework. The design consists of crested jaguar heads that alternate with step patterns and triangles contained in squares. The design on the top of the hat is four triangles with step frets within.
Condition: good; some losses.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.