Four-Cornered Hat

Four-Cornered Hat

CE 400-1000
Culture
Tiwanaku or Tiahuanaco
Country
Bolivia, Uncertain, Chile, Uncertain, Peru
hat
knotted camelid fiber
Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from New World and Textile Art department acquisition funds and Alianza de las Artes Americanas
2004.60
. Four-Cornered Hat. CE 400-1000. knotted camelid fiber. Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from New World and Textile Art department acquisition funds and Alianza de las Artes Americanas. 2004.60.
Dimensions
height: 5 in, 12.7000 cm; width: 5 1/4 in, 13.3350 cm; depth: 5 in, 12.7000 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Ancient and Latin American Art
Multicolored four-cornered hats made of knotted alpaca yarn are emblematic of the Tiwanaku civilization, which thrived in South America from about 200 to 1000. While the capital was located in highland Bolivia, near Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku's cultural, political, and economic influence extended into Peru, Chile, and northern Argentina.
Known Provenance
Purchased May 2004 from David Bernstein Fine Art [New York, NY] by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca," Oct. 16, 2004 - Jan. 23, 2005 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)