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Wig Headdress

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Coastal Wari
MEDIUM Cotton, camelid fiber, human hair, bast fiber
  • Place Found: South Coast, Peru
  • DATES 600-1000 C.E.
    PERIOD Middle Horizon Period
    DIMENSIONS 35 13/16 x 8 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (91 x 22.2 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Coastal Wari. Wig Headdress, 600-1000 C.E. Cotton, camelid fiber, human hair, bast fiber, 35 13/16 x 8 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (91 x 22.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 41.427. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 41.427_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wig headdress consisting of a cap made by simple looping of cotton (white) and undyed camelid fibers (natural browns). Thin braids of human hair are attached to and hang from the cap, and are decorated at the lower ends with red, white, yellow/gold, and blue dyed camelid fibers that are wrapped aound each braid. Wig headdresses have been found in association with mummy bundles of elite Wari state representatives buried along the desert coast. They would have been placed on top of the false head of a mummy bundle (Rebecca Stone-Miller, To Weave for the Sun. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Thames and Hudson, 1992). Size: adult. Probable wearer: female or undetermined. Hat: camelid fiber, simple looping. Braiding: human hair. Camelid fiber wrapping.
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    Wig Headdress