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Cap and human hair braids

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Heavy cotton and wool thread, in several shades of brown and cream, knotted to form round cap. A braided fringe of dark human hair goes two thirds of the way round the botton. The lower part of each braid is bound with yellow, blue, violet, orange, crimson and white wool, and finished with...

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1931, sold by Jules C. Harris, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 16, 1931)

Credit Line

Mary Woodman Fund

Wari-related (?), Middle Horizon or later, A.D. 500–800 or later

Object Place

South Coast, Peru


60 cm (23 5/8 in.) total length (cap: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.); braids: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.))

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Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton cap: simple looping; Braids: oblique interlacing (plaiting), with wrapping at lower ends


Textiles and Fashion Arts