Bloomsbury Cultural History - Four-cornered hat
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Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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