Date: 16th century

Culture: Spanish

Medium: straw, metal, silk

Dimensions: H.: 6 ½ in. ( 16.5 cm).
L.: 11 ½ in. (29.2 cm).
W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.132


This unusual plaited-straw helmet-shaped hat is very similar in both shape and ornament to contemporary steel military helmets. However, this highly decorative example was likely worn by a high-ranking official for festive peacetime occasions.