Wool Pile Cap Artist: Unknown

A.D. 700–900

Art of the Ancient Americas

Not on view

Close-fitting, four-cornered caps such as this one were worn by Huari and Tiahuanaco elite males in life and were interred with the dead. Upon a netted cotton base, the llama or alpaca wool pile in more than eight colors is woven into repeating designs of long-necked birds and geometric shapes.


Wool and cotton, square-knotted network with wool pile


3 1/4 × 20 1/16 in. (8.3 × 50.9 cm)
Bosses on 4 corners: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Middle Horizon


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Bought in Peru by Mrs. Moore, 1932.
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 165, fig. 162
  • Elizabeth Hill Boone, ed., Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks, 2, exh. cat. (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1996), 412, pl. 117
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 323, ill
  • Mary Frame, Andean Four-Cornered Hats: Ancient Volumes, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1990),
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Additional information

Object/Work type

caps (headgear), clothing, mythology



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