Chilean (Arica)
Late Horizon

Object Place: Arica, Chile


11 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm (4 5/16 x 6 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.) Height of hat without feathers.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Camelid fiber, feathers, cotton thread

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fez-shaped hat of looping in dyed and undyed camelid? fiber yarns over a foundation of bundled camelid yarns. Patterned with reciprocal triangles that share a common white border and contain smaller stepped-fret triangles. Each large triangle is bisected along its vertical axis into two contrasting color zones, one consisting of a blue ground with the stepped-fret in ocher, the other red with a brown fret. The flat top of the hat is worked in undyed, medium-brown camelid yarn. An opening at center-top probably anchored two concentric rings of colored feathers that radiated outward from the center. Rim edged in “button-hole stitch.” Camelid-fiber chin ties.


About 1960s, acquired in South America by Baron Louis d'Udekem d'Acoz (b. 1897 - d. 1973), Brussels [see note]; by descent to his daughter, Marie-Eliane d'Udekem d'Acoz, Brussels; 1991, sold by Marie-Eliane d'Udekem d'Acoz to David Bernstein Fine Art, New York; 1996, sold by David Bernstein Fine Art to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 1996)

NOTE: According to a letter from Marie-Eliane d'Udekem d'Acoz of Brussels (September 10, 1995), this was one in a group of hats collected by her father in South America "some thirty years ago."

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund