This extremely scarce ritual hair piece was a garment produced by a class called the "Chosen Women". They were to be worn by a priest during religious ceremonies to call forth the vital forces of nature symbolized by hair. The headdress consists of a double panel of (96) finely braided hair, woven together by a thin braided camelid border of natural tan color. Size of inside frame is 25" tall by 20" across. Inca, Cusco/Central Highlands regions, Peru. 1470-1532 Excellent condition.