Bloomsbury Cultural History - Four-cornered hat
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Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: 6th-10th century CE
Place: Bolivia or Peru
Technique: hat
Keywords: garment, fashion, man
Identifier: 1994-35-158
Source: Bequest of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1993
Object web link: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/316978?sortBy=Relevance&when=A.D.+500-1000&ft=dress&offset=0&rpp=100&pos=99

Subjects

Period:

Middle Ages

Place:

Bolivia, Peru

Content Type:

Museum Object

Four-cornered hat

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Four-cornered hats were prestigious symbols in Wari and Tiwanaku societies. Worn by high-status men, they were decorated with geometric designs and stylized images depicting anthropomorphic figures, animals, and plants central in Wari and Tiwanaku religions. Four-cornered hats are characterized by a square top and pointed tips sometimes adorned with tassels.

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