Cap with "hair"

Probably Middle Horizon
A.D. 500–800

Object Place: Peru, South Coast


Height x width: 22 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (56 x 21 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool simple looping (cap); twisted threads ("hair")

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cap worked solidly with coarse wool in stitch similar to needlepoint lace with conventional designs, possibly two headed bird, in neutral yellow, heavily outlined with black, on a reddish-orange ground, on top of the cap pale neutral yellow; edged with narrow bands of neutral yellow and reddish-orange, dark brown braid fringe to simulate hair knotted onto sides and back of cap.


Purchased by MFA from A. V. Harringer, 2124 South Beverly Glen, Los Angeles, California, May 15, 1952.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund